Billy Jackson-Stops started JS Bloodstock Consultancy in 2018, having spent a decade working in the Thoroughbred industry. Coming from an equestrian background of hunting and point-to-pointing, horses have always been at the centre of Billy’s life.
His first experience of the Thoroughbred industry came at Tattersalls where he assisted James Delahooke, a renowned bloodstock agent.
Billy then started at the Oppenheimers’ Hascombe and Valiant Stud, breeders of Cracksman and Golden Horn, where he prepared yearlings for the sales. This gave him a great insight into breeding at the top end of the market as well as an unparalleled knowledge of yearlings. From Hascombe and Valiant he moved into the racing side of the industry, becoming assistant trainer to Olly and Hetta Stevens. Their numerous successes during his time there included Group 2 Flying Childers’ winner Green Door and Royal Ascot winner Extortionist.
After two years with Olly and Hetta, Billy took the opportunity to work at a bigger yard, becoming assistant trainer to multiple Group 1 winning trainer Ralph Beckett. Oaks heroines Talent and Secret Gesture were in training at the time as well as the now popular stallion Lightning Spear. The highlight of Billy’s time with Ralph was Simple Verse winning the Group 1 St Ledger. Having learnt the skills of buying and training sharp two-year-olds with the Stevens, Billy experienced a different side to the racing game with the classier bred and stouter pedigrees that comprised the core of Ralph’s yard.
Billy’s next move – after two years with Ralph – was to Australia where John Ferguson, then Racing Manager of Godolphin, offered him the job of assistant trainer to John O’Shea. He worked closely with John to manage the training of 400 horses across three states, including Group 1 winners Hartnell, Alizee and Astern to name but a few. After a year in Sydney, Billy was asked to manage Godolphin’s satellite yard of 70 horses at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne. This included overseeing the likes of champion stayer Hartnell, who was third in that year’s running of the Melbourne Cup.
Returning to the UK in 2017, Billy started to put his knowledge and experience into practice and bought a mare called Apamurra. As a sister to the dam of Australian Group 1 winners Astern and Alizee, Apamurra was sent to Australia to be sold at Magic Millions where she realised AU$300,000. This gave the financial backing to start up JS Bloodstock which, although still in its infancy, is flourishing. JS Bloodstock has bought a number of quality horses ranging from foals to horses-in-training to stallions. In his first year buying yearlings in 2018 he bought horses for multiple Group 1 winning trainers David Simcock and Michael Bell, as well as forming a strong working partnership with young up-and-coming trainer George Scott.
JS Bloodstock has compiled years of hands on experience in the breeding and training of thoroughbreds to formulate a bloodstock consultancy that has an in-depth knowledge to every aspect of the thoroughbred market, both at home and abroad.
Combined with our large database of international connections we can offer a streamlined and accurate global service to all our clients.