KEVIN & ANNA ROSS
The two partners are both from established racing families. Kevin Ross is a grandson of Willie Rooney, who trained Bentom Boy to win the Irish National. He also stood stallions including Cantab, the sire of two Gold Cup winners, The Thinker and Little Owl and an Aintree Grand National winner, Little Polveir.
Kevin rode as an amateur jockey, mainly specialising in point to point races. He worked for George Stewart who was a successful producer of young horses. While he was there he rode Ross Moff to win his bumper and maiden hurdle and subsequently won a Grade 2 over fences, he also rode Bindaree to win his point to point before going on to win the Aintree Grand National. Kevin spent some time at Kevin Prendergasts on the Curragh. He also had work experience at Eyssen and John Ross’s stud farm where they stood stallions for many years. When Kevin broke his neck in a fall in 2000, he was unable to ride again. It was then that he became a bloodstock agent with Bloodstock Ireland, until starting Kevin Ross Bloodstock in 2006. He is also a member on the GOFFS Inspection team
Anna Ross’s father is the trainer Arthur Moore and grandfather Dan Moore, who both rode and trained Irish National winners. Arthur had the 2011 winner Organised Confusion and Feathered Gale in 1997. Her grandfather also trained L’Escargot to win the Aintree Grand National. Arthur has trained eight winners at the Cheltenham Festival, including What A Charm to win the Fred Winter in 2011 but the best being Klairon Davis who won the Arkle and the Queen Mother.
Anna has an Accounting and Finance degree. She joined BBA Ireland in 1998 and worked there for ten years as a bloodstock agent. She gained invaluable experience through the tutelage of her father, Jessica Harrington, Haras Du Pley, Normandy and Punchestown Racecourse. She rode in a number of races and won the Kidney Reseach Charity Race at the Curragh in 2001.