Treble for Denise’s Joy family Danehill sire

Brian Russell - 22 November 2010

GERRY HARVEY, one of Australia’s biggest business owners and racehorse breeder and owner, is having a lot of fun with progeny of a sire standing at Heather Pascoe’s Plaintree Farms stud near Toowoomba on a fee of $5,500. He is Conatus, a lightly raced 1000m and 1100m Sydney winner bred on the brilliant lines of Danehill over Light Up The World, a Rory’s Jester AJC Challenge Stakes winner descending from the famous Denise’s Joy.

The breeder and head of the partnership which owns Conatus, Harvey has reaped racing rewards from using him with some of the big band of mares he has at his Baramul stud, Widden Valley. A number of the progeny have won in Harvey’s ownership in Sydney where the latest success came on Wednesday of last week when the Ron Quinton trained 3-year-old gelding Under Arrest won a 1200m event by 1.5 lengths.

Out of Arrest, a mare bred on a cross of two Golden Slipper winners used at the Newhaven Park stud, Marauding and Luskin Star, Under Arrest was appearing for the fifth time and winning for the second time this month, having succeeded by two lengths at Hawkesbury on November 4.

Another of the Conatus progeny raced by Harvey has been Miss Campbell, a first crop 5-year-old sister to Under Arrest who has won three times at Canterbury. Two others to succeed for him in Sydney have been Verballed (three at Rosehill Gardens and one at Canterbury) and Solatus (a winner at Canterbury, placed Warwick Farm and Kensington). Yet another of his runners by this sire, Hot Rocks, was a nose second at Warwick Farm on October 13 and a 1.3 lengths winner at Wyong in August.

When Under Arrest won at Canterbury last week, he was the first leg of a three day trifecta for Conatus. Supplied by other owners, the other legs came from a win Jeffery Joe (his sixth) at Gosford on Thursday and one by Gold Budda (2.8 lengths) at Ipswich on Friday. Gold Budda was second at Eagle Farm in September.

Other winners by Conatus have included Gag Order (six wins, four in Brisbane; fourth Gold Coast Goldmarket-LR), Sky Effort (three wins, a juvenile at Eagle Farm), Military Secret (five wins, two at Canterbury), Convictor (Eagle Farm), Tuscon Rain (Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast), Explore the World (four Sunshine Coast), Demetria (Wyong, Hawkesbury; second Randwick twice), Report for Duty (Gold Coast,Singapore), Princess Crony (Gosford, Darwin, Alice Springs) and Sutanoc (Warrnambool, Mount Gambier).

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The horse will leap over trenches, will jump out of them, will do anything else, provided one grants him praise and respite after his accomplishment.

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