25 March 2019

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

Arran Stud will be offering a single lot at the National Sale this year –a Flower Alley colt by the name of Hamlet (Lot379).
There is certainly much to like about Hamlet –not only is he by a former G1 Travers Stakes winner whose progeny include a Kentucky Derby winning champion in the form of I’ll Have Another, but Hamlet also hails from a classy international family.

He is out of the mare Hazleton –a daughter of Coolmore Stud’s increasingly successful four time G1 winning sire Mastercraftsman, the sire of among others Cartier champion Alpha Centauri and St Leger winning sire Kingston Hill.

Hazleton, a half-sister to former Epsom Derby contender Cavaleiro, is out of a ¾ sister to G2 Park Hill Stakes winner Ranin, and is from the immediate family of G1 Breeders’ Cup Mile winner and G1 sire Val Royal.

Other notable members of this family include Queen Anne Stakes winner Valixir and French 2000 Guineas scorer Vahorimix.