Handsandwheels is a Noted Frontrunner
Six-year-old Handsandwheels is a brilliant frontrunner and his trainer Aiden de Campo is poised to set the pace and win the $50,000 City of Perth Worldwide Cup over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Handsandwheels has led at 16 of his 25 victories in a splendid 74-start career which has netted his owners $560,718 in prizemoney.
He has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier this week and he possesses the necessary gate speed to keep his rivals at bay once the mobile barrier gets the ten runners on their way. Handsandwheels has started from the No.1 barrier only four times at Gloucester Park, all in 2130m events, for three all-the-way victories and a wilting fourth behind Whozideawasthis, Vultan Tin and Im Full of Excuses nine months ago.
He is also a big-race specialist, with his wins including the WA Derby and the Westbred Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings, the Four and Five-Year-Old Championship and the Bunbury Cup and RWWA Cup last year.
Handsandwheels impressed in the inaugural Group 2 City of Perth Cup (formerly known as the Lord Mayor’s Cup) 12 months ago when he started from barrier three, raced in sixth position in the one-wide line and ran home determinedly from a four-wide position at the 300m finish third behind the pacemaker Vultan Tin and the fast-finishing El Jacko.
He finished an eye-catching fourth behind Mighty Conqueror in the $450,000 WA Pacing Cup last Friday week when he started from the back line and was in tenth position 500m from home.
Galactic Star, prepared by leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond and driven by Ryan Warwick, was an unlucky fifth in the Pacing Cup and, from barrier three this week, he looms large as the toughest opponent for Handsandwheels.
El Jacko, a stablemate of Galactic Star, also will have many admirers, particularly being the only runner off the back line, leaving Dylan Egerton-Green plenty of options, including remaining on the pegs and trailing the expected pacemaker Handsandwheels before getting into the clear in the final lap and relying on the gelding’s explosive finishing burst.
Hall of Fame trainer Gary Hall Snr has won the Lord Mayor’s Cup a record eight times, scoring with Tricky Bey (1994), Abit Rich (1997), Live To Reign (2007), Talk To Me Courage (2010), Livingontheinterest (2014), Northview Punter (2015), Cyamach (2016) and Chicago Bull (2017). This year he will be pinning his faith on five-year-old Ideal Liner, who is favourably drawn barrier two.
“Ideal Liner is one draw away from being the winner,” said reinsman Gary Hall Jnr. “Handsandwheels, from one, looks very hard to beat.”
Champion reinsman Chris Lewis is looking to winning the Cup for the ninth time when he handles Bill Haley, who is prepared at Hopeland by his wife Debra. Bill Haley, a winner over Caviar Star and Herrick Roosevelt three starts ago before finishing strongly to be third behind Caviar Star and Vampiro in the Fremantle Cup.
Bill Haley is awkwardly drawn out wide at barrier eight but is capable of unwinding a powerful finish. Lewis has won the race with Village Kid (1985, 1986, 1989 and 1990), Ballantines (1992), Desert Patrol (1993), Royal Motoring (1998) and Ohoka Ace (2005).