Arran and Black Swan have the Scottish touch

Arran and Black Swan have the Scottish touch

January 10, 2019 / 4 months ago

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Walter and Fran Cowe

Scottish natives, Walter and Fran Cowe, manage respective stud farms in Robertson, both in the vicinity of Highlands Farm. Walter is in charge at Black Swan Stud and manages most of the stud interests of owner Peter De Beyer and Fran is just down the road at Arran Stud. The studs are both represented at the 2019 Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Walter, steeped in thoroughbred breeding and stud management, worked for Lord Howard D Walden and Lord Derby before joining Sir Philip and Anthony Oppenheimer and managing their Cheveley Stud at Newmarket for 21 years.

Fran, also vastly experienced at stud management, started as a work rider at Newmarket and has been around horses most of her life.

Black Swan offers two fillies and a colt and Walter says the colt (Lot 54) is “magnificent”. He is by Elusive Fort and is a half-brother to the accomplished, exported Last Winter, second in the 2017 Sun Met. “He’s is a correct foal, an excellent walker with a lovely temperament,” said Walter.

The fillies are Lot 36, an unnamed What A Winter filly from a mare by Royal Applause – “she looks like a fast type, she walks well too,” and Lot 58, a half-sister by Vercingetorix to Forest Fox, from the family of Futura and Angelina. “She’s a big filly, a typical Vercingetorix and I think buyers will like her.”

Fran tells about Arran’s Lot 82, Mama Pyjama: “She’s a half-sister to Graded winner Temple Grafin, a filly we’re hoping will win the CTS Sprint. She has her sire’s dark bay coat, a lovely filly.

Lot 163 is Jasmine, by the much vaunted freshman Futura from Scent From Above, a half-sister to stakes-placed stayer, Alexander. “She’s very nice,” said Fran.