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.”