Conatus Keeps The Trainers Happy

29 November 2010

The progeny of young speed sire Conatus continue to hit the mark around the country with some outstanding reports coming out of their stables:

Up and coming youngster Under Arrest (Conatus/Arrest) has had an outstanding second preparation under legendary Group 1 trainer Ron Quinton, with a maiden win at Hawkesbury (1200m) and a win in town at Canterbury Park in a 3YO C&G No-Metropolitan Win 1200m race, beating smart Peter Snowden-trained Lonhro gelding, Jacopo, by a margin of 1.5 lengths.

“He’s certainly come a long way this preparation, and I’m very happy with the way he is coming along,” says Ron Quinton of his Conatus gelding. “I have mainly concentrated on getting him to settle in his races and trying to get him to relax.”

Under Arrest is now out on a month’s spell.

Meanwhile in Queensland, Toowoomba-based trainers John Thomas and Ray Hawkswell are very excited that their charges, Sky Effort and Convictor, are both coming back into their stables after a spell.

“He’s absolutely gone mad and is jumping out of his skin!” said Ray Hawkswell of Convictor, a 5YO gelding out of the mare Sheer Victory, who has had 5 weeks R & R on the Darling Downs.

Ray is planning to take Convictor (“Vic” as he is affectionately called in the stables) down south early next year to take on the best Sydney has to offer.

A true Conatus convert, Ray and his partners have recently named their 3YO Conatus gelding Rajeal’s Honour. Rajeal’s Honour is out of the Listed Race-winning mare Labu Lady.

“I have a race in mind for him and it’s a maiden that is run on the Gold Coast in January – I’m very excited”.

Toowoomba trainer, John Thomas, is also thrilled with the way his Conatus filly Sky Effort has returned from a freshen-up.

“She’s not your normal Conatus,” says John of Sky Effort. “She is quiet, laid back and very easy to get on with. However, take her to the races and see her come alive!”

Last start John raced her on the Cushion Track at Toowoomba to see how she handled it – and she handled it very well, by winning a Class 3 1200m race beating Piccolo mare Often Wrong by a length, Phillip (Wolfy) Wolfgram steering.

Where to now with his Conatus girl?

“There’s a nice $64,000 fillies and mares race coming up in December, we might head there,” said John with a smile.

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—Ty Murray