Conatus adding new chapter to Denise’s Joy family

19 July 2010

Performances of progeny of the Danehill sire Conatus in the past week is adding a new chapter to the history of the family descending from his illustrious fourth dam Denise’s Joy. She has made a huge contribution to Australian racing and breeding but has been light on for colts given a chance at stud.

Two currently firing are Thorn Park, one of the top sires in New Zealand, and Conatus, a resident at Heather Pascoe’s Plaintree Farms stud near Toowoomba. He has had far less opportunity than Thorn Park, but added to his rising status as a winner getter on Wednesday with first crop 4-year-old runners including Convictor (won Eagle Farm), Jeffery Joe (second at Warwick Farm) and Princess Conny (third at Darwin).They followed on wins of two in the first crop on Saturday, Tuscon Rain (won by 1.8 lengths at the Gold Coast) and Pocket Battleship (successful at Mungindi, NSW). Also on Saturday his 4-year-old daughter Gag Order finished fourth at Eagle Farm after making the pace and a 3-year-old filly, No Monica, was successful at Toowoomba.

Gag Order has won six of 21 starts, including four at Doomben, and earned $174,000, while other metropolitan winners have included Sky Effort (Doomben), Verballed (three in Sydney), Miss Campbell (two in Sydney) and Solatus (Sydney).

Other winners have included Jeffery Joe (five, three at Cessnock), Report to Duty (successful Gold Coast and Singapore), Demetrie (Wyong and Hawkesbury, three Sydney placings), Explore the World (two at Caloundra), Military Secret (Kembla Grange, placed Sydney), Starpack (Townsville) and Sutanoc (Warrnambool, Mount Gambier).

So far all the winners by Conatus have been sprinters, a fact that is not surprising as his own four wins from13 starts included one over 1000m at Warwick Farm and another at 1100m at Randwick, and his mother, Light Up The World, is a former leading Sydney sprinter bred on the Rory’s Jester – Bletchingly cross.

Also dam of World Peace, a brother to Conatus who won the Blue Diamond Preview and finished third in the Blue Diamond Stakes, Light Up The World is a half-sister to the dams of Thorn Park (nine wins, $1,535,725, including the QTC Stradbroke and AJC Hobartville Stakes) and Bentley Biscuit (12 wins, $1,446,725, AJC T.J. Smith Stakes, All-Aged Stakes, BTC Club Cup).

Conatus stands at Plaintree Farms for syndicate headed by his breeder and good supporter Gerry Harvey. The 2010 fee is $5,500 and bookings can be arranged by contacting Heather Pascoe on 0418 788 878 or (07) 4630 4071. The email address is and the web

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It was a great treat to us to be turned out into the home paddock or the old orchard; the grass was so cool and soft to our feet, the air so sweet, and the freedom to do what we liked was so pleasant; to gallop, to lie down, to roll over on our backs or to nibble the sweet grass. Then it was a very good time for talking, as we stood together under the shade of the large chestnut tree.

—Anna Sewell from
Black Beauty