Your Arkle Team Q&A: Gerry Hogan

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. First up for a Q&A is Gerry Hogan.

Describe an Arkle horse.

Stylish. It’s hard to describe as it’s a subjective thing, but it’s a horse who catches your eye: a good-looker without being pretty, who’s strong and moves well. When you see it, you know.

Favourite part of the job?

I could look at horses all day long, so it’s perfect for me! I just love trying to work out what each one might be. It’s a fascinating puzzle. Of course you also meet some very nice people along the way, and it’s a privilege to be shown their farms and stock. 

Highlights from your time as a Goffs inspector?

There’s no one horse or transaction in particular. I just get a great kick out of someone landing a touch in the ring, especially when it’s a smaller operator. Sometimes there’s been a fabulous individual I’ve seen who had a slightly lighter pedigree, and I’ve had to make a bit of a case to get them in the sale. When they get there and do well it’s always particularly satisfying.

Why choose Arkle?

The sale has gained so much momentum in recent years. Prices for the top lots have gone through the roof, but the market is also strong all the way down, with the median holding up particularly well. It attracts so many trainers from Ireland, Britain, France and even America, because the graduates have done so well, especially at the Cheltenham Festival, which, let’s face it, is what everybody wants.