Billy Jackson-Stops started JS Bloodstock Consultancy in 2018, having spent over 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 renowned bloodstock agent James Delahooke.
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 Windsor Castle 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. Group 1 Oaks heroines Talent and Secret Gesture were in training at the time as well as the multiple Group 1 winner and now popular stallion Lightning Spear. The highlight of Billy’s time with Ralph was Simple Verse winning the Group 1 St Ledger.
Billy’s next move was to Australia where John Ferguson, then Racing Manager of Godolphin, offered him the job of assistant trainer to John O’Shea, Godolphin’s private trainer in Australia. Billy 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 Group 1 Melbourne Cup.
Billy returned from Australia at the end of 2017 and set up JS Bloodstock Consultancy in 2018. He purchased his first yearling at the Tattersalls Ascot Yearling Sale which resulted in Group 2 winner Shadn. Success also came that year via private purchases Time To Study who won the coveted Old Borough Cup at Haydock Park and Future Score, who was purchased out of a Pontefract maiden, winning the Listed Cranbourne Cup and placing multiple times in Group races in Australia.
In Billy’s first year as a Bloodstock Agent he brokered the deal to secure Kuroshio, the sire of Group 1 winner Savatoxl, to stand at Starfield Stud in Ireland. Since then, there have been multiple other stallion deals brokered by JS Bloodstock Consultancy including the Group 2 winner Tilsit to The Turkish Jockey Club and Bangkok, another Group 2 winner, to Dahlbury Stallions.
JS Bloodstock Consultancy has expanded significantly since it’s start and Billy now buys yearlings regularly for the likes of trainers George Scott, Tom Clover and Andrew Balding. As well as the purchasing of horses to race, JS Bloodstock Consultancy manages various owners, breeders and studs such as Triermore Stud in Ireland, breeders of Group 1 Breeders Cup winner Line Of Duty, and Lawn Stud, breeders of Group 1 Oaks winner Look Here and multiple Group 1 winner Kinross.
Billy and the team at JS Bloodstock Consultancy 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.