First corner is the big hurdle for Kwilas Law

KWILAS Law returns to Armidale drawn and weighted to win today’s $35,000 Tooheys New Armidale Cup (1900m).

The Luke Griffith-trained nine-year-old gelding has his 108th race start today chasing a 13th win in a race where he jumps from barrier three with just 54kg and Peter Graham on his back.

Griffith believes his son of Lawyer can win the cup verdict.

“He’s well weighted (54kg) and he got a good barrier draw (3),” Griffith said of a gelding who finished second to Zippy Zariz in the Armidale Cup two years ago with 56kg and starting from barrier nine.

“Peter Graham’s going to ride him. Matt McGuren (who won the Armidale Cup Prelude on Kwilas Law) can’t make the weight. It’s a shame for Matt he’s had three or four rides on him for two wins but Peter knows him well too. 

“It’s a good draw though. You don’t want to be on the wrong leg going around that first corner. You could end up anywhere if you are.

“So we’re hoping he’ll jump out from three and be nice and handy somewhere where he can either go forward or sit back going up that back straight. You need to be motoring though when you get to around the 600m. Need to be motoring down and around the hill.”

Kwilas Law has had three runs at Armidale, running second in the 2012 Cup as well as finishing third to Dusty’s Felt in that year’s Armidale Cup Prelude.

His recent cup prelude suggests he is cherry ripe for today’s assignment.

“The track should be perfect,” Griffith said.

“A little drop of rain wouldn’t hurt either but he’s done a treat since his win up there.

“He’s done really well.

“He had his last little bit of fast work this morning (Friday).

“That blew the cobwebs out. He’s lucky to have raced up there before too. He goes well up and down and around the track.”

While he’s had 107 race starts and won just 12 he’s run 25 seconds and 13 thirds.

They’ve been in some nice races too.

He’s racked up runner-up efforts in major country cups at Mudgee, Quirindi, Coonamble, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah and Tuncurry as well as a second to Altonio in the 2100m Mornington at Tamworth.

Quirindi’s Mick Perkins owns and races Kwilas Law.

And it looks like Perkins might have to break a hoodoo today.

Perkins missed his recent prelude win at Armidale and was also absent at a pair of wins at Tamworth last year.

“I was hoping he might be away again,” Griffith joked.

“He only seems to win when Mick’s not there. But it looks like we’re going up Sunday for the Calcutta.”

It might be about time to break that hoodoo and everything points to Kwilas Law receiving the run of the race.

“He only needs a bit of luck, he’s drawn well and if he can get around that first corner without any problems he might be a big chance.

“The 1900m won’t worry him either. He’s been racing well, fingers crossed.”

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