The Doyle Family is steeped in racing. The late Jack Doyle, Peter’s father and Ross’ grandfather, was known to many as the doyen of bloodstock agents and for some 60 years was a major force in the bloodstock industry. When Peter was working with his father, yearling purchases included Classic winner Bruni and European Champion Sprinter Sandford Lad.
Peter Doyle established his bloodstock agency in 1978 with his wife Anna; horses purchased by the agency have enjoyed remarkable success around the world. Their son Ross joined the company in 2001 and is an integral cog in the continuing success of Peter & Ross Doyle Bloodstock. Results show that Peter’s and Ross’ ability to judge racehorses places them firmly at the top of their profession.
One of the most successful partnerships in racing in the last 25 years has been the partnership between Peter and four times champion British trainer Richard Hannon. During these years Peter and Richard have purchased for clients a host of racehorses at reasonable prices that have gone on to be successful at the highest level on the racecourse.
Ross has struck up a hugely successful partnership with Richard Hannon’s son Richard. Richard took over the licence from his father in 2014 and remarkably won the Champion Trainer’s Title in his first year as licence holder. Recent seasons have seen the Doyle/Hannon purchases score at the highest level with winners Tiggy Wiggy, Toormore, Olympic Glory, Estidhkaar, Law Enforcement, Canford Cliffs, Dick Turpin, Alhebayeb, Sir Prancealot, Strong Suit, Lilbourne Lad, Harbour Watch, Chandlery, Trumpet Major, Maureen and Zebedee.
Scandinavia has also proven to be a fertile area, success in the region exemplified by a hugely fruitful association with thirteen times champion trainer Wido Neuroth. In recent years winners include multiple Group winner Sir Lando, Bomar Swedish Derby winner, champion two year old Diamant and Stockholm Stakes winner Amie Noire. Valley Chapel, the Derby winner in Norway, Sweden and Denmark in 1999, was one of the best horses ever trained by Neuroth, while Kill The Crab won a string of Group races and more than £250,000 in prize money. In recent times Handsome Hawk won the 2009 Swedish Derby and Appel Au Maitre won the Swedish Derby in 2007 and the Norwegian Derby in 2008.
The agency teamed up with leading Irish trainer Liam Browne in the early 1980s, and the partnership had a dream start when Dara Monarch won the Irish 2000 Guineas in 1982 and followed up by landing the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot two weeks later.
A strong partnership was formed in these years with one of the most successful racing entities in France, the de Moussac family, owners of Haras de Mezeray. Purchases for the family, all trained by champion French trainer Andre Fabre, included such luminaries as Homme De Loi (Group 1 winner), Pigeon Voyageur (Group 1 winner), Boromini (Group 2 winner) and Savoureuse Lady (Group 3 winner).