KWILAS Law earned a return bout in the Armidale Cup when the marvellous nine-year-old gelding won Sunday’s Sole Taxation Armidale Cup Prelude Benchmark 70 Handicap (1900m).
The Luke Griffith-trained gelding, having his 107th race start, beat the Paul Grills-trained Dusty’s Felt and Neil Godbolt’s Get On the Grange in a blanket finish.
The three went over the line together, Kwilas Law prevailing by a short head with Get On The Grange a short half head away third.
Kwilas Law had a tough run after drawing barrier 10 and being last out of the first turn.
When the pace slackened, jockey Matt McGuren made the right decision to go forward.
“I was out on a limb all the way,” McGuren said.
However, Kwilas Law kept coming and finished strongly to mow down his rivals in the final stride.
It was the perfect Armidale Cup trial for the son of Lawyer who had run second to Zippy Zariz in the cup two years ago.
“We’ll be back in a couple of weeks,” Griffith said.
“Do you want to ride him?” Griffith also asked McGuren.
To which the 23-year-old Grafton-based jockey readily agreed.
“I’ve had three rides on him for two wins,” McGuren said.
“I’ve always had a bit of luck with Luke’s horses.”
He has never ridden in an Armidale Cup and hopes to make it a memorable one.
Griffith hopes so too after Kwilas Law had run an unlucky fourth in the recent Quirindi Cup for his Quirindi owner Mick Perkins.
“He just enjoys racing,” Griffith said.
“He got a long way back at Quirindi.”
He said Perkins was unable to attend yesterday’s Guyra Cup meeting.
“He’s out at Narrabri playing bowls in a two-day carnival,” he said.
“Every time he doesn’t come he wins.
“He’d probably be bowling overarm by now after that.”
HNWRA attention turns to Gunnedah and Cessnock after today’s Aberdeen Cup meeting at Muswellbrook.
Gunnedah Jockey Clubhas a six-race SKY 2 TAB meeting set down for Saturday whilst the Wine Country Race Club at Cessnock has a seven-race TAB meeting scheduled next Monday.
Coonamble Jockey Club also races a twilight meeting next Tuesday.