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    PROMISING trotter Drop The Hammer will begin his journey towards the top echelon when he returns to racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday... Time to test promising trotter
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    PROMISING trotter Drop The Hammer will begin his journey towards the top echelon when he returns to racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

    A multiple age-restricted feature winner, Drop The Hammer is first-up since capturing the Four and Five-Year-Old Final at the same venue last May.

    Pleased with the gelding’s progress, trainer Darren Hancock is confident Drop The Hammer can return on a successful note.

    “He is feeling really good and I’m extremely happy with him,” Hancock said. “He has had a couple of steady trials and is comfortable in his gate which is terrific.

    “He’s got to measure up now…he is a five-year-old so it’s time to test him, but he should step up pretty well on the weekend.”

    The pacing-bred son of Bettors Delight has drawn barrier seven, which has seen him listed as a $2.75 second favourite.

    Erratic mare Sassy Pants is the $2.50 favourite from gate six.

    “From his draw I will just come off the arm, roll along and see how it unfolds,” Hancock said. “I won’t be killing him but as long as he goes well I will be happy.

    “There are a couple in it which go really well, with Sassy Pants the one to beat if she is on her best behaviour.

    “This race is a nice starting point for him and is winnable first-up.”

    Should Drop The Hammer progress as he hopes Hancock will aim the squaregaiter at several key targets, including an interstate campaign.

    “He will go around here a couple more times then I will have a look at Melbourne,” Hancock said.

    “I am considering the major races during summer if he measures up but at this stage we’ll just take each step as it comes.”

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