TALENTED trotter Drop The Hammer should have little difficulty continuing his rise through the grades when he competes at Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow.
Successful at the same venue when first-up from a spell a fortnight ago, Drop The Hammer has improved since the outing according to trainer Darren Hancock.
The expected lift in fitness along with a favourable have the Australian Pacing Gold purchase listed as a prohibitive $1.40 favourite in the 1609-metre event.
“He has drawn nicely and as long as he trots he’ll be very hard to beat,” Hancock said. “I was very happy with his first run and he has been working great since.
“He began his career as a pacer and is pacing bred, but wants to trot and is a lot better at it. The problem is he can cross into a pacing action still, which is pretty much the only concern with him.
“As long as he stays in his gait tomorrow he will be the one to beat.”
Positive the son of Bettors Delight can make his way through the grades, Hancock will restrict Drop The Hammer to mobile starts as he gains experience.
“He’s pretty smart and will get better as he goes along,” Hancock said. “The ability is definitely there.
“I plan to keep him in mobiles to get him that more experience. I’ll just take my time with him and take him around through the classes and get him seasoned up.
“I’ve got no doubt he can be a very nice trotter this time next year.”