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    RYAN HRYHOREC

    IT DIDN’T take veteran pacer Assassinator long to return to the winners’ circle. Favourite in the Port Pirie Cup a fortnight ago, Assassinator was... Veteran quick to bounce back
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    IT DIDN’T take veteran pacer Assassinator long to return to the winners’ circle.

    Favourite in the Port Pirie Cup a fortnight ago, Assassinator was a brave fifth after racing in the ‘death seat’ over 2530 metres.

    Given a “couple of light days” to recover, the 11-year-old was back to his best with an effortless victory at Globe Derby on Monday.

    Despite his ‘greybeard’ status, Assassinator is in sensational form with five wins and a second from his last eight starts.

    Naturally pleased with Assassinator’s performance, trainer Christopher Nicol is considering an interstate trip with son of Somebeachsomewhere.

    “He has barely set a hoof wrong all preparation,” Nicol said. “Things didn’t work out in Port Pirie, but I was still happy with his run.

    “He was able to find the front at Globe Derby and that made a big difference.

    “There is a suitable race for him in Mildura next week I may aim him at as he is in the right form and will be competitive.”

    Driven by Ryan Hryhorec, Assassinator led throughout from barrier four to complete a five-metre win from Brantley.

    Code Black was two-and-a-half metres away third in 1:56.2 over 1800 metres.

    “I think Ryan surprised a few when he decided to go forward right at the start,” Nicol said. “Once he got to the lead he was never going to be run down.”

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