TOP trotter Big Jack Hammer will begin his latest feature campaign when he returns to racing at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
Capturing a pair of Group Ones at his last two starts during his previous preparation, the David Aiken-trained squaregaiter will be first-up since securing the Australasian Grand Prix on March 9.
Despite the break between runs Aiken is confident Big Jack Hammer is forward enough to annex the Wagon Apollo Free-For-All.
“I’m very happy with the way he has come up,” Aiken said. “He had a good break and is ready to go again.
“He’s had a couple of solid trials and is in pretty good condition.
“It’s not an easy race to come back to but he is going well enough to suggest he can win with the right run.”
To be driven by in-form reinswoman Kima Frenning, Big Jack Hammer has drawn awkwardly in barrier six.
Frenning is fresh from registering a treble at Globe Derby last weekend, including the Group One The Allwood with Pandering.
“The draw isn’t the best, but that’s what he’s got so we’ll have to hope it can work out,” Aiken said.
The son of The Pres is on the third line of betting with TAB Fixed Odds at $8, with Mclovin a $1.55 favourite for trainer Andy Gath.
Winner of last week’s Bendigo Trotters’ Cup from a 20-metre handicap, Mclovin has drawn gate five.
“Mclovin is racing in good form as he does and also has fitness on his side,” Aiken said. “He is clearly the one to beat.”