A TRIP south of the border is on the cards for rising star trotter Drop The Hammer.
Making a solid transition to open company this season, Drop The Hammer has been targeted at several Victorian features by trainer Darren Hancock.
Beginning with the Maori Mile on January 3, Hancock also has the Great Southern Star on February 1 in his sights.
To warrant the campaign across the border Drop The Hammer must continue his purple patch of form, including Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.
“There are some good races for him during January and February in Victoria,” Hancock said. “At this stage I’m taking him down for the Maori Mile early in the New Year.
“If he can prove himself at that level the Great Southern Star is his aim.
“After that he has the Trotters’ Mile at Menangle on Miracle Mile night.
“He has come a long way as a trotter considering only a couple of years ago he was racing as a pacer.”
As for his pending assignment, Drop The Hammer faces a tough task after drawing wide in barrier eight.
Despite the early obstacle Hancock is confident the Australian Pacing Gold purchase will play a major role in the finish.
“He will go well,” Hancock said. “He’s drawn wide but we will go forward as it’s only over a mile.
“He has shown he can do work and has speed, so he will be hard to beat.
“His run the other week when second at Menangle was super as he did a lot of work and kept going.
“If he runs up to that this time he’ll be right there at the finish.”