Arran Stud’s ‘gorgeous’ Premier Sale Quartet

Arran Stud’s ‘gorgeous’ Premier Sale Quartet

February 04, 2021 / 1 month ago

Arran Stud’s ‘gorgeous’ Premier Sale Quartet cover image
Lot 81 Harcourt

Fran Cowe of Arran Stud has high hopes for her four yearlings coming to the 2021 Cape Premier Yearling Sale at De Grendel Estate on 14 March.

Perhaps her narrow pick of the quartet is Lot 81, Harcourt, a bay colt by Canford Cliffs (IRE) from Hazleton, by Mastercraftsman. The mare’s own dam, Khibraat, produced Mujaarib, the Australian-bred who performed at top international level carrying the South African banner.

“He’s handsome and correct with a beautiful head,” said Cowe. “He looks small from a distance away, but it’s because he is so well put together. If you stand next to him, he is a good size.”

Lot 68, a bay colt by Duke Of Marmalade, is just as good-looking. “He’s absolutely gorgeous, actually, and he’s always been. When he was younger, he was a miniature ‘perfect horse’. He hasn’t lost that quality, he is like that still, a perfect yearling.”

Lot 24 is Trevellyan, by Vercingetorix from A Star For Maria (Noverre), who has produced six winners from as many runners, including Fitzwilliam. “He’s a nice colt, a little on the leg, but big, tall and scopy,” said Cowe.

The rose among the thorns is Kiss Of Fire (Lot 150), a half-sister to three winners including Jasmine, third in the G2 Zulu Kingdom Explorer Golden Slipper last season. “I haven’t seen a bad-looking foal by Erupt yet, they are smart,” Cowe said.