What We Do

Thurloe Thoroughbreds provides the excitement and fun of racehorse ownership at an affordable price, with the risk spread over several horses. The syndicates comprise small groups of individuals who retain all the rights and benefits of sole ownership at a fraction of the cost, but without the administration.

Thurloe was established in 1995 by James Stafford, a former racing journalist who now has more than 40 years experience in the industry. James’s racing knowledge and syndicate management excellence is complemented by the support of his wife, Nicky, and Oliver Pawle, a respected City figure. Marcus Collie, a former professional polo player who is both passionate and very knowledgeable about racing, is also part of the team.

James buys the horses with the help of a small and trusted team of top bloodstock agents and uses some of the very best trainers in European racing. The results speak for themselves. More than 70% of Thurloe’s horses have won and over £6 million has been generated through the sales of their high-class bloodstock. Thurloe seeks to give their members success on the racecourse as well as giving them entertainment off it.

Benefits Include:

Stable visits for Thurloe members and their families to watch their horses on the gallops.

Owners’ badges are arranged for members at race meetings and boxes are organised for the big days.

Thurloe ensure excellent communication with members.

Thurloe organises the following events for their members and families throughout the year.


Naming Parties

Dinner at the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket

Picnics at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood

Cricket Match

Golf Day at The Berkshire

Shooting Days

Parade of Yearlings and Lunch

Annual Dinner at the Hurlingham Club

Who We Are

  • James Stafford

    James Stafford

    James, a former racing journalist, has run Thurloe Thoroughbreds since its inception in 1995. James has excellent all-round knowledge of racing and bloodstock, having worked in the industry for over 40 years. He is a fine judge of a horse, has sound knowledge of the Form Book, is a good communicator and liaises well with the Thurloe trainers and members.

  • Nicky Stafford

    Nicky Stafford

    Nicky has assisted James with Thurloe Thoroughbreds since it was set up. She is responsible for the marketing and administration of Thurloe and also organises the various Thurloe events throughout the year.

  • Oliver Pawle

    Oliver Pawle

    Oliver is a prominent City figure who is currently Chairman of the Board Practice at KornFerry Whitehead Mann and also a Director of a number of other commercial and charitable institutions. He has been instrumental in the on-going success of Thurloe Thoroughbreds.

  • Jessica Stafford

    Jessica Stafford

    Jess has a wide knowledge and understanding of the horse racing industry. She acts as social media manager of the Thurloe platforms which include Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Jess’ passion is bloodstock and every year she assists James with the purchasing of racehorses at the sales.