Racing WA

Handsandwheels Delivers De Campo Milestone Moment

4 February 2023

Aiden De Campo and Handsandwheels after he got his 1000. Photo credit - Hamilton Content Creators

Aiden De Campo was tinkering on the edge of 1000 wins just weeks ago when he received a 13-day suspension at Gloucester Park, but he was back in the bike on Friday the 3rd of February, with Handsandwheels giving De Campo the elusive win.

With the nine-year-old’s previous win back In February 2020, a hind suspensory issue later that year saw the gelding have an extended holiday in the paddock, and after a failed attempt to get him back in 2021, it wasn’t until mid-2022 that he made his return to racing.

“It felt really fitting to bring it up on my favourite horse, but reflecting on the drive home, you kind of realise it’s a long, long road, so really pleased to have reached it,”

“It’s a bit surreal when you think about it as you don’t reflect much in the game. Always worrying about the next one,”

“Been a tough road as well, I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t had thoughts about not being able to make it as a driver over the time.”

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De Campo, who made his debut in the 2008/2009 season at just 16-year-of-age has driven in a total of 7656 races, with the 30-year-old claiming top glory in nine group ones, including the 4YO Golden Nugget on board WA superstar Shockwave, and the 2017 Sky Racing WA Derby with Handsandwheels, with it only fitting that the veteran gave him his milestone moment on Friday.

Handsandwheels has earnt connections just shy of $700,000 from 96 starts, with a total of 29 wins and 31 placings in his impressive career. Bred by Mike Howie, the son of Mach Three Is out of Benjor Maddy Lombo, a producer of three $100,000+ earners in the breeding barn.

Son of successful trainer Andrew De Campo, horses were always the goal, but Aiden was forced to get a trade once he finished school, with De Campo completing his apprenticeship in Sheet Metal Welding.

“Dad said I couldn’t work horses until I got a trade, but I always wanted to drive,”

“My biggest influence would be Dad (Andrew De Campo). He was hard but fair on me when I was starting out, made me earn my drives and never let me get ahead of myself. Still doesn’t today,”

“Also, Ryan Bell and Matt White early on helped me out.”

De Campo also took out the $50,000 Trotters Cup for David Young, an emotional win for all involved with Young and his fiancé, Sian Hughes two-week-old son, Brodie, passing away on Thursday at just two weeks old.

“It’s a hard one to describe, but it was like a feeling I haven’t really felt before on a racetrack,”

“Felt good to shed some light on a terrible situation.”

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