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    BIG JACK HAMMER - Photo: Stuart McCormick

    A TRIP across the Murray River is on the cards for Big Jack Hammer following his victory at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight. Discussing his... Interstate Group One on the agenda

    A TRIP across the Murray River is on the cards for Big Jack Hammer following his victory at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight.

    Discussing his plans for the son of The Pres after capturing the V L Dullard Cup, trainer David Aiken revealed he will take Big Jack Hammer to Menangle next month.

    Aiken has set his sights on the Group One Trotters’ Mile which is scheduled to be run on March 2 as part of the phenomenal Miracle Mile program.

    “He has had a busy couple of months but has held up well,” Aiken said. “He did a good job during the Inter Dominion before Christmas and has been racing solidly during the past month.

    “I will give him an easy week now then find another race for him before we go to Sydney for the Trotters’ Mile.”

    Taking advantage of her opportunity before beginning a four-week suspension on Monday, Kima Frenning drove Big Jack Hammer “a treat”.

    Beginning quickly from the pole, Big Jack Hammer gained the run of the race behind Save Our Pennys, which led from gate three.

    Angled into the passing lane during the latter stages, the gelding sprinted to a two-metre win from the front runner, with Temporale a half-neck away third.

    Rating 1:57.5 over 2240 metres, the trotter took his record to 12 wins and 16 placings from 56 starts for owner Domenic Martello.

    “He’s no star but he has always been capable of winning a big race with the right run, which he got tonight,” Aiken said. “Kima made the most of the draw and drove him a treat.”

    HOOFNOTE: Frenning plans to take her appeal against the four-week suspension to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

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