Your Arkle Team Q&A: Neil Walsh

The Goffs inspection team are busy on the road casting their expert eyes over entries for this year's Arkle Sale and Doncaster Spring Sale, looking for stores with the potential to light up the ring and later the racecourse. Neil Walsh is next up for a Q&A.

Describe an Arkle horse.

Good size. Good movement. Good outlook.

Favourite part of the job?

Every time you go into someone’s yard, whether it’s a newer person in the industry with only one or two horses or a more established name with larger numbers, you could be seeing racing’s next superstar. You just don’t know. They could come from anywhere. It’s the suspense of what might come out of the box, and waiting for that ‘wow’ moment. And then when a vendor takes their horse to the sale and gets an awful lot more than they expected, it’s incredibly humbling and hugely satisfying.

Highlights from your time as a Goffs inspector?

In my first full year at Goffs I inspected the Shantou full-brother to Airlie Beach who topped the sale at €230,000, so that was a good start! More recently I was very pleased that another horse I saw on my rounds in the South-East that year, Captain Teague, won the Grade 1 Challow Novices’ Hurdle for Paul Nicholls.

Why choose Arkle?

Simply put, it’s been the best store market in recent years. It gives early access to buyers’ budgets in the year, and when the right horses are put in front of them, they’ll spend their money. And you don’t just have the chance of hitting a home run with a huge price; the median and clearance rate have been especially strong too.