First Winner for Conatus

Tara Madgwick - - 12 January 2008

Conatus, a blue-blooded son of Danehill (USA), posted his first winner at the Gold Coast on Saturday when two year-old colt Tuscon Rain ploughed through heavy conditions to win the juvenile maiden over 1000 metres.

Trained on the track by Noel Doyle, he scored by nearly two lengths at just his second race start.

Bred and offered for sale by Daandine Stud, Tuscon Rain was purchased for $20,000 at the 2007 Magic Millions Yearling Sale during Session Six and is the third foal of the Sanction mare Crying in the Rain.

A winner of nine races, Crying in the Rain is a half-sister to stakes-winner Emotive and stakes-placed Sad, the dam of Group Three winner Imprisoned.

Conatus Conatus (pictured left) stands at Plaintree Farms at a fee of $3,300 and has 61 foals in his first crop which are now two year-olds.

A metropolitan winner of four races Conatus is a half-brother to Group Three winner World Peace being from former brilliant Group Two winner Light Up The World.

From the immediate family of Group One winners Bentley Biscuit and Thorn Park, Conatus claims celebrated producer Denise’s Joy as his fourth dam.

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It excites me that no matter how much machinery replaces the horse, the work it can do is still measured in horsepower…even in this space age. And although a riding horse often weighs half a ton, and a big drafter a full ton, either can be led about by a piece of string if he is wisely trained. This to me is a constant source of wonder, and a challenge.

—Marguerite Henry