THE bond between father and son shone like a beacon when I had the opportunity to speak to the Swans, father and son, during the lockdown.

“Dad adored his riding whether it was hunting or riding as an amateur and I guess he passed that on to me, he loved the training and always had a few horses for me to ride,” Charlie Swan said of his father, Donald. “My great grandfather on my mother’s side was champion flat jockey in England and rode a Derby winner. I would have often looked to Dad for advice and I gained a lot of experience with him.”