Gag order lifted on Conatus’s siring ability

Brian Russell - 27 July 2009

FURTHER evidence that Conatus, a son of Danehill and Light Up the World, a Group 2 winner by Rory’s Jester and from a grandaughter of Denise’s Joy, standing at Plaintree Farms, Toowoomba, could be a source of good winners was supplied when his first crop 3-year-old filly Gag Order romped to a 3.5 length win in a 11 runner 1300m event at Eagle Farm on July 22.

It was the fourth win in nine outings for the Liam Birchley trained filly. She had shown a lot of promise earlier at three, following a debut second with three successive wins, appearances at the Gold Coast (4.8 lengths), Sunshine Coast (1.8 lengths) and then Doomben (1.3 lengths).

Prior to the Eagle Farm success, Gag Order had followed the treble with fourths at Eagle Farm and Doomben, a fifth at Eagle Farm and then a second on July 8 at the latter course.

She is another of the hundreds of bargains that have be found by shopping at the Magic Millions sales at the Gold Coast, a market at which she sold as a weanling by Alanbar Lodge, Upper Caboolture, Qld for $10,000.

Inbred 4×3 to Bletchingly, Gag Order is from Suppress, a winning half-sister by Don’t Say Halo to She’s Academic, a Royal Academy Queensland Tattersall’s Mile winner and dam of the smart Choisir 2-year-old I’m a Smarty Pants.

Gag Order’s fourth dam Andiamo was a half-sister to Showdown, a champion in England at two and four (miler) and a champion Australian sire.

Another Conatus runner to show ability during the week was Jazz Music, a third on Friday in the feature Ballina Bracelet for 2-year-olds, Appearing for the third time, he races for his breeder Gerry Harvey out of the Paul St Vincent stables at Tamworth, Harvey is a principal owner and keen supporter of Conatus.

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