De Campo eyes Freo Cup victory

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Owners of Handsandwheels celebrate with Aiden De Campo after winning the Furphy Bunbury Pacing Cup last year. Will De Campo repeat the dose on Friday night?
Camera IconOwners of Handsandwheels celebrate with Aiden De Campo after winning the Furphy Bunbury Pacing Cup last year. Will De Campo repeat the dose on Friday night? Credit: Jackson Lavell-Lee

Accomplished Capel-based trainer reinsman Aiden De Campo is hopeful his proven six-year-old Handsandwheels can deliver the goods in Friday night’s $300,000 Retravision Fremantle Pacing Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park.

While speculation continues to swirl around whether NSW duo My Field Marshal and Alta Orlando will arrive in Western Australia before the race after their flight from Melbourne was postponed, it has been business as usual for De Campo.

“The horse (Handsandwheels) himself is an absolute professional,” he said. “Ever since he started as a two-year-old, he has been that way.

“He is the perfect racehorse and never does anything wrong in his races.

“A good barrier draw is also going to help us if we can get one.”

The six-year-old looked out-of-sorts during his 10th placed finish to Vultan Tin during The Village Kid Sprint MS Pace (1730m), however De Campo believes the prodigious talent is good enough to put it behind him.

“I gave him a really good hit-out on Tuesday morning and I was really happy with how he came through it,” De Campo said.

“I think he is a horse which thrives on the work, so on Wednesday I took him for a light jog and down to the beach so he can cool his legs, have a change of scenery and stay fresh, before another jog yesterday (Thursday).”

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