Harbour gives Lawman fifth Group 1 winner
Harbour Law (left): £30,000 purchase wins the Group 1 St Leger
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos) Harbour gives Lawman fifth Group 1 winner
By James Thomas 5:13PM 10 SEP 2016
HARBOUR LAW sprang something of a surprise to land an eventful renewal of the St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday and provided Laura Mongan with a first Classic success.
The three-year-old is the fifth Group 1 winner to be sired by Ballylinch Stud resident Lawman, a 12-year-old son of Invincible Spirit.
The Prix du Jockey Club and Prix Jean Prat winner's other top-level scorers are Just The Judge, Law Enforcement, Marcel and Most Improved.
Despite showing deep reserves of stamina on Town Moor Harbour Law is out of Abunai, a daughter of Pivotal who won over 5f and 6f as a two-year-old, which makes him a half-brother to the Group 3-placed Moheet.
Abunai is a half-sister to Grade 1 E P Taylor Stakes winner Miss Keller and out of a Listed-winning half-sister to Inchinor. She has also produced Harbour Law's two-year-old half-brother Flying Racontuer, a son of Bated Breath, and has a yearling filly by Cityscape. In 2016 she was bred back to Lawman.
The colt's further family contains a healthy mix of speed and stamina, with the likes of 7f Sweet Solera Stakes winner Blue Bayou and 1m5f Geoffrey Freer Stakes winner Agent Murphy appearing under the second dam in a long Oppenheimer-nurtured female line.
In February John and Jake Warren parted with 40,000gns to secure Abunai from Overbury Stud at the Tattersalls February Sale.
Harbour Law has twice been through the sales ring, firstly when failing to sell at 24,000gns at the Tattersalls December Yearlings Sale when offered by Hascombe and Valiant Stud, before later being consigned by Malcolm Bastard at the breeze-up section of the Goffs London Sale, where he was picked up by Kiltown Bloodstock for £30,000.