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    Jack too slick in Group One Jack too slick in Group One

    BACK IN TOWN: Big Jack Hammer.

    A CHANCE to avoid the rampaging Tornado Valley led to Group One glory at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight. After hearing Tornado Valley was bypassing... Jack too slick in Group One

    A CHANCE to avoid the rampaging Tornado Valley led to Group One glory at Tabcorp Park Menangle tonight.

    After hearing Tornado Valley was bypassing the Trotters’ Mile trainer David Aiken decided it was an ideal time to head across the border with Big Jack Hammer.

    To the astute horseman’s delight, Big Jack Hammer proved too slick for his rivals, covering the 1609-metre sprint in 1:54.7.

    “I wasn’t originally considering this race,” Aiken said. “But when I heard Andy (Gath, trainer) say Tornado Valley wasn’t going up for it I thought it was a good chance for Jack win a big race.

    “He has been in that next group just behind Tornado Valley so I felt he was a good chance.

    “It work out perfectly in the end.”

    With Anthony Butt holding the reins, Big Jack Hammer settled in the perfect one-one trail from barrier four as War Dan Destroyer led from three.

    Three-wide at the top of the home straight, the son of The Pres grabbed the lead in the last stride to score by a head from Tough Monarch, with War Dan Destroyer a metre-and-a-half away third.

    Covering the mile in 1:54.7, the gelding stretched his record to 13 wins and 16 placings from 57 starts for earning of $206,922.

    “At the half he dropped the bit for a few strides, but when I was able to get him back onto the back of Tough Monarch he picked up the bit again and I knew I had them covered,” Butt said.

    “He hit the line well and felt as good at the finish as he did at the start.”

    To be given an easy few days as he returns to Aiken’s Victorian base, Big Jack Hammer will back-up in next week’s Australasian Grand Prix in Melton.

    “I’ll take it easy on him now while we travel home,” Aiken said. “He’ll go in the Grand Prix next week which means he’ll meet Tornado Valley again.

    “It’ll take a bit of luck to win that one, so hopefully it comes our way.”

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