More wild Joy for Conatus

3 October 2005

We keep telling you that Conatus comes from what is possibly the greatest female family seen in Australia for the last 50 years.

It’s a pretty big statement, we know, but with every Saturday so far this spring (see News below) yet another different member steps out to prove just how great this family is.

The extraordinary influence of the Denise’s Joy family was underlined yet again on Saturday at Randwick when Wild Queen won the Listed Marriot Hotels Australia Angst Stakes (1400 m).

Wild Queen (Loup Sauvage) is from Crowning Jewel (Bletchingly) a granddaughter of the hugely influential mare Joy and Fun, a daughter of the great Denise’s’ Joy herself.

The mare is raced by Darley Australia, who paid $260,000 for her at the 2002 Easter yearling Sales.

She is trained by Gai Waterhouse and the win now takes her tally to six wins, five seconds and four thirds from 15 starts.

She will now be set for the Queen of the Turf Stakes, the Hawkesbury Cup and the Villiers Stakes.

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It was a great treat to us to be turned out into the home paddock or the old orchard; the grass was so cool and soft to our feet, the air so sweet, and the freedom to do what we liked was so pleasant; to gallop, to lie down, to roll over on our backs or to nibble the sweet grass. Then it was a very good time for talking, as we stood together under the shade of the large chestnut tree.

—Anna Sewell from
Black Beauty