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    RYAN HRYHOREC

    LEADING horseman Ryan Hryhorec experienced the highs and lows of harness racing last week. Set to contest Saturday night’s Port Pirie Trotters’ Cup with... Happy ending satisfies Hryhorec

    LEADING horseman Ryan Hryhorec experienced the highs and lows of harness racing last week.

    Set to contest Saturday night’s Port Pirie Trotters’ Cup with the raging favourite, Regal Attire, Hryhorec was left “shattered” when he had to scratch the gelding which was battling a virus.

    “Regal Attire had been a class above his opposition throughout the country cups and was spot on for the Final before getting crook,” Hryhorec said. “His temperature was right up and it knocked him around a bit.

    “He’s on the improve now, but the timing was terrible.”

    Brushing the disappointment aside, Hryhorec enjoyed a happy ending by capturing the Pacing Cup with handy performer, Lord Zarias.

    Racing in consistent fashion throughout the series, Lord Zarias was triumphant in the Ladbrokes Cup at Globe Derby on March 10 as well as being runner-up in the Italian and Gawler Cups.

    “He’s been consistent all along and I knew all he needed was a touch of luck to win again,” Hryhorec said. “I was confident he’d get the right run from the draw and it all worked out in his favour.”

    With Hryhorec holding the reins, Lord Zarias led from barrier two before being eased to take a trail behind the favourite, Artillery.

    Proving too slick along the sprint lane, the son of Changeover dashed to a metre-and-a-half win from the pacemaker.

    Honeybun was two-and-a-half metres away third in 1:59.9 over 2530 metres.

    “With the run he got he was always going to be hard to hold out,” Hryhorec said. “He hit the line well and it was a very satisfying way to end the series.”

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