Goffs has appointed Jacob West as its new US agent. He will commence his role on April 1.

Hailing from Kentucky, West began his career with top US consignor Taylor Made as a groom in its yearling division before progressing through the ranks to be their Manager. During this time, he also worked under trainer Chad Brown at the Gulfstream Championship meeting.

He then joined Three Chimneys Farm as Director of Bloodstock Services and most recently served as Vice President of Bloodstock for leading US horseracing partnership Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners.

In 2017, West launched his own agency, West Bloodstock, which acts for a number of leading US buyers.

Goffs Group Chief Executive Henry Beeby said: “We are delighted to welcome Jacob to the Goffs team. Alongside his role at Eclipse, he is the perfect fit for us and comes with the ringing endorsement of several industry leaders.

“He has a superb reputation for integrity, passion, hard work and a love of the thoroughbred, all qualities that chime perfectly with the ethos of Goffs. We look forward to working with him as we promote our sales to buyers in the US.

“At the same time, we would like to acknowledge the contribution of Gatewood Bell over the last number of years and wish him the very best of luck in his new role with Keeneland.”

West said: “Goffs has an outstanding reputation for producing top class results year after year. I firmly believe the horses on offer at Goffs have international appeal and I look forward to bringing as many people as I can over to Ireland to see for themselves. I am delighted to be associated with such a top-level organisation as Goffs.”