Avenel trained trotter My Jack Hammer completed a hat-trick of feature race long-shot wins last weekend, claiming the $100000 Hygain Australian Grand Prix on Saturday night at Melton.
Trained by David Aiken and driven by his son Josh, My Jack Hammer upset some big names in taking the lucrative feature on the all trots program.
Coming off wins at big odds in the Dullard Cup at Melton on February 2 and the Aquagait Mile on Miracle Mile night at Menangle the previous week, Big Jack Hammer tracked one of the top fancies Dance Craze into the race three wide in the concluding stages to notch his biggest career win to date.
Despite his two previous wins at huge odds punters weren’t keen on his chances again and he was a 25/1 shot on the tote.
Aiken has had the six-year-old trotter for 13 starts now for four wins and several places.
Another Avenel horseman, Wayne Potter, also enjoyed a big race win on the weekend.
Potter snared the Wangaratta Pacing Cup with under-rated pacer Shadow Reign.
The seven-year-old Shadow Play gelding was up to the challenge of racing wide on the final 1000m on the tight track and still being too good for his rivals.
Shadow Reign had recently finished second in the Echuca Pacing Cup and was fifth at his previous start in the Albury Cup.
He was driven to his latest victory by Bendigo horsewoman Ellen Tormey who had made the dash from the opening meeting of the new Wagga track where she had driven a winner during the day.