Conatus foals light up the world

By Brian Russell - 16 August 2005

World Peace and Conatus were both bred and raced by Gerry Harvey of the Baramul Stud in the Widden Valley and he is a strong supporter of Conatus as a sire. They have him at Heather Pascoe’s progressive Plaintree Farms stud near Toowoomba and he is very popular with breeders for use this year, his second season.

The honour of being the first Conatus foal on the ground has gone to a bay colt out of a mare owned by well known property developer Terry McKinnon and his son Shaun. Owner of Mornajie Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, the McKinnons are ecstatic about the youngster which Terry described as being big and strong with good legs and having Conatus stamped all over him.

Born shortly after this foal were two bay fillies by Conatus at Harvey’s Baramul Stud and which are out of quality mares by the Emirates Park Stud, Murrurundi sire Secret Savings (USA). One of them is from Al Yaseerah, a grandaughter of Tristanagh, the Sir Tristram (IRE) mare who won the VRC Oaks-Gr.1, MRC Thousand Guineas-Gr.1, VRC Wakeful Stakes-Gr.2 and STC Tea Rose Stakes-Gr,2, and the other filly is from the Sydney winner Samar, a half-sister to County Tyrone, the Danewin gelding who has won the Queensland Derby-Gr.1 and AJC Metropolitan Handicap-Gr.1, been runner up twice in the Sydney Cup-Gr.1 and also second in the Brisbane Cup-Gr.1.

Conatus was the talk of the Plaintree Farms open day on August 14, some of those who had seen him before expressing amazement at how much he had let down and developed since his first season,

He was one of the three sires at the stud paraded on the day for the large crowd in attendance, the others being the Australian bred Sunday Knight (Sunday Silence – Wrap Around, by Bletchingly) and Zabeel’s half-brother Count Albrecht (Geiger Counter (USA) – Lady Giselle (FR), by Nureyev).

Interesting matings in the future with Conatus could be the use of mares by Count Albrecht or his sire Geiger Counter as it would bring together the Mr. Prospector – Denise’s Joy nick. Geiger Counter is one of Australia’s most successful Mr. Prospector sires,

Another is Bellotto, the sire of earlier mentioned Denise’s Joy grandaughter Miss Minden and in addition Mr. Prospector is the grandsire through his son Seeking the Gold of Secret Savings. This means that Mr. Prospector and Denise’s Joy have come together in the breeding of the two Conatus fillies at Baramul.

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