Graham Dwyer may have already reached 100 wins for the season, however the win of Hell Of A Hand today saw Dwyer reach triple figures in Queensland.
In the nervous nineties for some weeks, the stable fired today at The Creek, and by race five, Dwyer had three winners, including his 100th for the term in the Sunshine State.
“It seemed to take forever to get from 95 to 100, it probably has not been that long but it has certainly felt that way” Dwyer said.
Two-year-old filly Hell Of A Hand was building towards a victory after finishing as the runner-up in three successive starts since returning from a spell.
With Angus Garrard picking up the drive on the filly, he was able to angle in for the trail soon after the start as Sheez Got Torque set the pace for Shane Graham.
Straightening for the run to the judge, Garrard angled to the passing lane and Hell Of A Hand responded, darting through the gap to claim a 2.5 metre victory.
“She is a nice little filly and to pick up the win and get the QBRED bonus makes it even sweeter.
“We set little goals and it is nice to reach the 100 again and now we can look to finish off the season and see where we end up.”
It didn’t take long for Dwyer to add to the tally with Darcys Fireball winning two races later, the three-year-old square gaiter impressive in victory over older rivals.
Winning first up from Victoria last week, the chestnut gelding was impressive today when coming from a 20-metre handicap to claim victory.
“Nathan (Dawson) told me this guy was better than Not As Promised but I don’t think he is, after that effort, I might have to reassess” Dwyer joked when comparing the gelding with the other smart three-year-old trotter currently in the stable.
Not As Promised is in Victoria, having qualified for the Victorian Trotters Derby this Sunday, finishing fourth in his heat last weekend and Dwyer will head down on Saturday to put the final polish on the gelding which has been under the care of his son Layne for the week.
Major Mondo is another newcomer to Dwyer’s Kingslodge stables and the seven-year-old made a one-act affair of his first Queensland appearance.
With Shane Graham picking up the drive, he sent the gelding straight to the front and that’s where the pair remained, cruising home to claim a 1.56.2 victory.
“He has come up from Bathurst and the rating system down there seems to make it hard and like some others that have arrived from that area, I think this bloke will take benefit of the way our races are run here” he said.
The win of Major Mondo pushed Dwyer to 106 overall wins for the season, setting a new benchmark, eclipsing the 105 he set in the 2021 season.
“It would not happen without all the help we have, the team at home is great and they all play a huge part in achieving these goals, we are lucky to have such a great team.”