Michele Cullen - Stallions Daily Bulletin - 1 December 2009

Young Danehill stallion Conatus, a member of the Denise’s Joy tribe, is doing his bit for the family’s reputation. Conatus showed plenty of the family speed by winning four races under the care of trainer John Hawkes for a large syndicate which included his breeder, Gerry Harvey. Unraced at two, Conatus was successful in his first two outings at three, and twice again at four before his retirement to Plaintree Farms on Queensland’s Darling Downs.

Conatus Conatus (Danehill – Light Up The World)

Although Conatus didn’t collect any black type he had plenty of pedigree and breeders in Queensland supported the son of Light Up The World (by Rory’s Jester).

Light Up The World, won eight of her 21 starts and more than $330,000, with her best wins coming in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes, the Group 3 Premier Stakes and Group 3 Queen of the Turf Stakes. She is the dam of World Peace, a sister to Conatus, who won the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview as a juvenile and was third in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Light Up The World’s other winners include the Octagonal colt By Boon and the Chief’s Crown colt My Sheriff.

The second dam of Conatus is Christmas Spirit, a three-quarter sister to the good juvenile Christmas Tree and dam of Presenting, a stakes winner, Tycoon Joy, winning dam of triple Group I winner Bentley Biscuit and Joy, unraced dam of Group I Stradbroke Hcp winner and young stallion, Thorn Park (by Spinning World).

Conatus began his new career with a fee of $5,500 in 2004 and covered a book of 83 mares, his fee dropped the following year to $3300 and he covered his biggest book of mares, 109. Since then, although the number of mares have fallen, his fertility has remained sound at 80%.

With just 15 runners during his freshman year (2007-08) he recorded a lone winner. Last season, things improved dramatically, with more three times as many runners and 13 individual collecting more than $300,000 in earnings.

Already this season Conatus has had as many runners as last and is on track to break the number of individual winners, with 11 already collecting a cheque taking his earnings past $270,000. In November alone, Conatus has had four winners with Ilsenstein (ex Magical Forest by Woodman) and Lenny’s Lot (ex Clever Princess by Forever Regal) both winning in the country. His three-year-old daughter Verballed (ex Accused by Jade Robbery) has won her last two (class six) starts in town as did his four-year-old daughter Gag Order (ex Suppress by Don’t Say Halo) in Brisbane.

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