This colt was purchased by Mark at Tattersalls Yearling Sales - Book 2. He has near perfect conformation and an exceptional pedigree as he is the full brother to Luminate the dual Group 3 winner. Luminate was trained in France by Freddy Head, she had an unbeaten 2-year-old career winning the Prix de Conde (G3) at Chantilly and she backed that up with a win in the Prix Penelope (G3) at the start of her 3-year-old season and was one of the highest rated horses her sire Lawman has produced. She was sold for 900,000 Guineas at the Tattersalls December Mares' Sale.
Lawman has been a stalwart at stud since he retired over 10 years ago. He earned his place at stud winning multiple Group 1's in his native France. The highlight of his career was winning the French Derby, the Prix du Jockey Club (G1) beating an impressive field by over a length. After his Classic win, he went back to Chantilly and won the Prix Jean Prat (G1) beating 2 other Classic winners from his generation. Lawman's Progeny fetch an average of over £48,000 with his most expensive yearling this year selling for over £500,000. He has earned these impressive numbers with a consistent string of quality horses. His most notable being, Marcel, Most Improved, Harbour Law, Forest Ranger, Just The Judge and of course Luminate. Lawman was responsible for 15 black type winners in 2018 alone. 3 of his sons now stand at stud themselves, Marcel, Most Improved and Harbour Law. Read more about him here: http://www.ballylinchstud.com/stallions/lawman/
Kalandara was a modest racehorse for Sir Michael Stoute, she never managed to break her maiden. She is by the famous American sire Rainbow Quest from a very well-bred family of Aga Khan horses. She is a half-sister to 3 black type winners including Kalanisi, the winner of the Dubai Champions Stakes (G1) and the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). Kalandara has found much more success as a mare especially with her recent progeny - Luminate is the best horse she has produced to date. The Lawman, Rainbow Quest combination has worked very well in the past, with Just The Judge, Rocket Fly and Luminate bred on the same cross.
He’s Plus 10 Bonus registered and is bred to be a 3yo, so anything he does at 2 is all part of his education.
Syndicate manager update (April 2020): If there was one horse in the MPR ranks that you would have earmarked as a typical "3-year-old", it would have been Provocation. The fact that he ran at all as a 2-year-old was a bit of a surprise, but having never missed a beat at Mark's it was worth giving him some racecourse experience. All four of his starts have come over 1m, and he has run some respectable races over an inadequate trip. His full sister, Illuminate, was a Group 3 winner over 1m2f at 3, and a step up in trip is definitely on the cards for Provocation. He has been gelded over the winter, and we could see no end of improvement from this son of Lawman when racing restarts.
Here he is on the grass gallops at home (16th April):