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Celebrations all round with local pacer’s win

Jubilant scenes greeted racegoers on Saturday when Capel horse Handsandwheels won the $50,000 Furphy Bunbury Cup.

Handsandwheels eclipsed New Zealand horse Convert Denario by a head followed by US horse Vultan Tin.

The spectacular finish was watched by several of the horse’s syndicate of owners who could be seen cheering the pacer all the way home.

Handsandwheels co-owner Anthony Freeman said the win was a “huge joy” and thanked trainer Stephen De Campo.

Owners of Handsandwheels celebate with the Furphy Bunbury Pacing CupOwners of Handsandwheels celebate with the Furphy Bunbury Pacing Cup
Camera IconOwners of Handsandwheels celebate with the Furphy Bunbury Pacing Cup

“The horse is locally trained in Capel and it’s just great to be a part of the syndicate with the De Campo family who are such a strong presence in South West pacing,” he said.

“Winning this race was always on the agenda but now we look forward to the Fremantle Pacing Cup in January.”

The six-year-old also won the WA Derby in 2016 and Freeman said he was frequently underestimated.

“People haven’t understood this horse’s full potential and he’s just gotten stronger and won two Group 1 races now,” he said.

Bunbury Trotting Club President Jeff Wright said the race had a fast field this year and he congratulated the local winners.

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