More Joy for Conatus!

21 March 2007



Tuesday Joy Tuesday Joy – photo racenet

The impressive win of Tuesday Joy in the Coolmore Classic on Saturday once again underlined one simple truth – the Denise’s Joy family is one of the greatest – and most consistent – G1 producing factories in Australia.

A close look at the pedigree of Tuesday Joy (Carnegie-Joie Denise) shows just how much the filly’s dam Joie Denise and Plaintree Farms sire Conatus have in common. Joie Denise is herself a daughter of Danehill from Denise’s Joy, while Conatus – also by Danehill – is from Light Up the World (Rory’s Jester) a daughter of Christmas Spirit (Bletchingly) herself a grand-daughter of Denise’s Joy.

As Tony Arrold noted in the Australian Thoroughbreds section in The Australian in January, it was significant that Arrowfield moved to purchase a colt closely related to Conatus at the Magic Millions. The attractive bay colt – also bred by Gerry Harvey – is by Redoute’s Choice (Danehill-Shantha’s Choice) from Christmas Sprit, the grand dam of Conatus. He was knocked down to the stud for $575,000 and Arrowfield plans to set the colt on path towards a hopefully lucrative racing and stud career.

John Messara – often described as the master of stallions – has openly stated his admiration for the pedigree of Conatus. His remarkable success with Australian colonial bred sires to date – namely Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur and Danzero, as well as Zabeel and Lion Hunter – suggest that he knows a great Australian pedigree when he sees one.

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A horse will often out run its pedigree but seldom outbreed it.

—Federico Tesio