Fran Cowe’s Arran Stud of the Robertson district sold her first pair of yearlings in South Africa at last year’s Cape Premier Sale and she’s most excited about the five youngsters consigned to this year’s renewal.
First up is Lot 38, a Rafeef filly named Demelza, bred from an imported mare by Piccolo. “She’s got ‘two-year-old’ written all over her, she takes off in the paddock and she’s hard to catch. She’s going to be speedy,” Cowe predicted.
Lot 69 is the only offspring of the established Top Five sire Ideal World on the sale, and that alone should get him his fair share of attention. “He’s a big, scopy colt, a chestnut with white markings. He’s a typical Ideal World, will take some time but will be worth his salt.”
Cowe bred the filly Lot 206 Silvery Blue from her own mare Figure Of Grey (So You Think). The mare was bought in foal and her daughter has what looks like a silvery grey coat. “She’s an early type, very athletic and moves well. She walks with purpose, there is plenty to like about her.”
The bay colt Quade (Lot 212) is a “big, very solid first foal” by hot sire Global View from a beautiful mare by Horse Chestnut. “He’s a sexy walker, everything flows,” Cowe enthused.
Lot 213 is a filly by Elusive Fort from Gibraltar Express, a sister to Listed winners Uber Rock and Beloved Country. “She’s tall, elegant and racy,” said Cowe.