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Horse Racing: French Derby hero Lawman syndicated to stud in Ireland; BLOODSTOCK DESK.

Byline: By Rachel Pagones

FRENCH Derby winner Lawman has been purchased by Ballylinch Stud from Claudio Marzocco and Ernesto Ciampi, and will be syndicated to enter stud next year in County Kilkenny.

The French-bred son of Invincible Spirit, who was being aimed at the Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe by trainer Jean-Marie Beguigne before an infection that caused his liver enzymes to rise, will not race again.

Ballylinch, a subsidiary of the holding company Killeen Investments, will syndicate the colt into 45 shares. Ciampi and Marzocco will retain a "significant" number of shares, as will Ballylinch, and the stud has also agreed to reserve a number for leading French breeders who were keen to see the dual Group 1 winner remain in France. A fee is likely to be announced in the next two to three weeks, said the stud's managing director, John O'Connor, yesterday.

More than the acquisition of the stallion for Ireland, his syndication is of paramount importance to independent breeders, who often cannot afford stallions once they become successful, O'Connor said.

"He's one of the very few high-profile three-year-olds going to be syndicated," he said. "Most breeders have in effect become clients of the big stallion operations and can't have equity themselves.

"With syndication becoming such a rarity, breeders are forced to use unproven stallions or ones that are not as good."

Lawman retires with a record of four wins from seven starts, including the Group 3 Prix de Guiche in May. His Prix du Jockey-Club form was franked by his own subsequent Group 1 win in the 1m Prix Jean Prat, as well as by the Group 2 victory of runner-up Literato and the Grade/Group 1 successes of third-placed Shamdinan and fourth-placed Zambezi Sun.

Lawman, purchased by Paul Nataf as a Deauville yearling for EUR75,000, also won his only start at two under Kieren Fallon.

"We spotted him when he was a two-year-old, and Fallon had given him a very good report," said O'Connor. "Then Paul Nataf and Jean-Marie Beguigne were over here during the winter, and Beguigne said he was going to win the French Derby. He had trained Latice, so he knew the family, and he was in no doubt at all."

Lawman's dam, the American-bred Gulch mare Laramie, also produced 2004 French Oaks winner Latice and the high-class sprinter Satri, second in last year's Prix Maurice de Gheest. The second and third dam were both Group winners in France. Lawman is the leading runner for Invincible Spirit, last year's top-ranked first-crop sire.

O'Connor said: "This is the kind of horse most breeders are keen to use - he's a top racehorse over both a mile and ten furlongs, a very handsome colt who really fills the eye, and is a son of Invincible Spirit, who has made a phenomenal start to his stallion career, while his dam Laramie has bred three Group 1 performers, including Lawman and Latice, from her first five foals.

"All in all, he's the complete package and there's already huge interest among leading breeders in his syndication."
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 7, 2007
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