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After the success of LIGULATE who we purchased from Godolphin who went on to win a $150,000 heat of the Country championships, being competitive in the final and then winning the $200,000 Tamworth Cup, we have a new very exciting purchase.

We have just secured WRENS DAY from Godolphin who will head to Cody Morgan to begin his tilt towards the Country Championships. 

WRENS DAY will start his new career racing in the city before being aimed at the lucrative $500,000 Country Championships final.

I spoke with Luke about why he purchased WRENS DAY.

“Initially he came to Australia and he was being spoken about as a 2000m Group Horse and whilst he has run extremely well it was evident by his data and form that he is only a 1200-1600m horse.

As a result on my ratings system he will be the one they all have to beat in the Country Championships. If we look at the winners and placegetters of the Country Championships in the last few years we get the following form and ratings.

These ratings are two independent numbers that give me a guide on their performance. One set of ratings is time orientated and the other is more Weights and Measures. As you can see if we get this horse in the final in good order even if we find a very strong year like the years of Noble Boy and Victorem, then this horse off the numbers would still start favourite, such is his ability.

The Prize-money on offer in this series is phenomenal. The Country Championship Heats are worth $150,000 and the Final is worth $500,000 so it’s certainly a series well worth chasing.

Last year we won a heat with Ligulate and whilst he got a very bad ride in the final his next start he stepped out and won the $200,000 Tamworth Cup. Given this horse is 3 to 5 lengths better than Ligulate you can see why we were so keen to buy him.”

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS ON LUKE’S RATINGS SYSTEM.

Year Horse Rating 1 Rating 2
2020 – Winner Gracie Belle 88 to 89 44 to 47
2020- 2nd Al maha Haha 88 to 90 48 to 49
2020- 3rd Plonka 87 to 89 40 to 43
2019- Winner Noble Boy 89 to 92 48 to 53
2019- 2nd Luciolle Belle 78 to 83 40 to 44
2019- 3rd Bennelong Dancer 82 to 84 42 to 46
2018- Winner Victorem 91 to 93 50 to 54
2018- 2nd Don’t Give a Damn 85 to 90 48 to 50
2018- 3rd Oh so Hazy 86 to 89 40 to 42
2017- Winner Free Standing 86 to 87 42 to 44
2017- 2nd After all That 84 to 88 44 to 48
2017- 3rd Not for Export 78 to 82 38 to 42
  WRENS DAY 92 to 94 52 to 56

Apart from the Country Championship though Country NSW has a number of $200,000 and $100,000 Country Cups which this horse will start favourite in and I believe he is definitely the right horse for that goal.” – Luke Murrell

We have had great success with tried Godolphin stock and we think WRENS DAY to be the best of them.

Watch WRENS DAY’S latest run. A slashing come-from-behind win at Ipswich!

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