Your Arkle Team Q&A: Kevin Ross

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. Kevin Ross is next up for a Q&A.

Describe an Arkle horse.

A racehorse.

Favourite part of the job?

I’ve been doing it for 11 years now and I never tire of meeting people and seeing their horses. It’s a real privilege. The icing on the cake is when a horse you’ve inspected goes and makes more than what was hoped.

Highlights from your time as a Goffs inspector?

I’m lucky to have seen lots of horses who have sold for good money and gone on to do well on the racecourse. A relatively recent one that sticks in the memory is Minella Cocooner, a Grade 1 winner and one of the leading novice hurdlers a few years ago. He was always a smashing horse. With my agent hat on, I’ve bought a fair few good ones from the Goffs Arkle Sale, including Imperial Aura and The Storyteller, both of whom won at the Cheltenham Festival.

Why choose Arkle?

It’s all about the footfall. The Goffs Arkle Sale has the best footfall of any store sale. There’s always a big, diverse crowd of buyers there, from the point-to-point fraternity to small trainers, medium sized trainers to the biggest trainers, and all their owners too. British, Irish and beyond. That’s reflected in the prices, and not just in the top end, as the median has been strong for years. The clearance rate is great too.