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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You cannot love a car the way you do a horse. The horse brings out human feelings the way machines cannot do. Things like machines may develop or neglect things in people…. machines make our life impersonal and stultify elements in us and create an impersonal environment.

—Albert Einstein