Gerry Harvey owns the shop and the product

Brian Russell - 19 November 2009

GERRY HARVEY, a giant in both retail store ownership and horse breeding and racing can be described as owning the shop and the product as far as Verballed, a very promising winner at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday,is concerned.

Harvey bred Verballed, a 3-year-old filly who has now raced four times, all on Sydney tracks, for two wins and two seconds, races her out of the Neville Voight stables and heads the syndicate team who own her sire Conatus, a son of Danehill and the Denise’s Joy family Rory’s Jester AJC Challenge Stakes winner Light Up The World.

After Conatus was retired from racing in the ownership of a group headed by Harvey with four wins from 13 outings to his credit, he arranged for him to stand from 2004 at Heather Pascoe’s up and coming young Plaintree Farms stud near Toowoomba in Queensland.

So far with his oldest 4-year-olds, he has had 21 winners and16 others placed. Besides Verballed, they include the Harvey raced Sydney winners Solatus and Miss Campbell and the tough Brisbane performer Gag Order. Like Conatus and Verballed, Solatus and Miss Campbell were bred by him on his Baramul stud in the Widden Valley.

He also bred Verballed’s unraced dam Accused (by Jade Robbery, the sire also of American super queen Azeri) and her mother Hot Gig (by the Harvey stood Bletchingly sire Best Western). The third dam Love Bird was a sister by Century to outstanding classic and staying performer Double Century.

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