KWILAS Law will chase a Dubbo Cup later this month after his second win in seven days at Tamworth yesterday.
The Luke Griffith-trained gelding hadn’t won for almost three years when he triumphed at Tamworth last Tuesday.
The nine-year-old gelding, winner of nine of his 91 starts entering yesterday’s Freight Specialists Benchmark 60 Handicap (1400m), cruised to a two-length win from Craig Martin’s Devilgate Road with Robert Davies’ Last Rain three quarters of a length away third.
Matthew McGuren rode Kwilas Law and had endeavoured to keep race favourite Monashee Woods pocketed in behind race leaders Rioqualo and Foragrand.
“Until the cutaway at least,” McGuren told trainer Luke Griffith.
“I couldn’t hold him any longer.
“They had ended up running along a bit which suited us.”
Six-year-old Monashee Woods had won four of his 16 starts before yesterday’s feature race but carried 63kg, less Sophie Young’s 1.5kg claim.
Kwilas Law, winner of nine from 91 including 22 seconds and 11 thirds, had just 58.5kg.
It was a luxury weight in comparison, Griffith said.
“He (Monashee Woods) was crucified in the weights,” he said.
“He’s only won four races and $40,000 in prizemoney and got 63.”
Kwilas Law has won 10 races and more than $185,000 in prizemoney.
Griffith isn’t complaining and will now head west with his “rejuvenated” gelding.
“Dubbo Cup,” he answered to the question of where next.
“On the 15th (September). I did have him nominated at Mudgee this Saturday but that’s a bit much for him.”
Griffith hasn’t won a Dubbo Cup but hopes his nine-year-old marvel can make it three wins in succession.
Griffith and McGuren made it a good day when they combined to win the TD’s Paint Right Class 3 Handicap (1600m) with Sutton Chilli.
The five-year-old bay mare has had a tendency to stop and wait for her opponents but showed none of that yesterday under McGuren’s urgings.
Hot Hit didn’t wait for his opposition either when the Mark Mason-trained gelding led all the way to win by seven lengths.
It was Hot Hit’s third successive start in just four career runs for owners Guy Mason (Mark’s father) and Inverell publican Scott Williams.