SA TROTS In the prime of his life Assassinator eyes the Port Pirie Cup

CALL his stable star a veteran, grandpa or Methuselah, it matters little to Christopher Nicol ahead of tonight’s Port Pirie Cup.

Nicol is set to contest the $25,000 feature with Assassinator, which is more than double the age of some of his rivals.

Despite his ‘greybeard’ status, Assassinator heads into the Final of South Australia’s country cup circuit in super form.

Not only does the 11-year-old boast four wins and a second from his last six starts, he is the only runner in the field to win two cups during the revamped series.

“I couldn’t be happier with the way he is going,” Nicol said. “After his win in last Sundays Victor Harbor Cup, I chucked him in a paddock and he was bouncing around like an idiot, that’s how well he has come through each run.

“He’s feeling pretty good about himself and carrying on like a horse half his age which has been reflected in his work.

“My son Justin does most of the work with him and has him in terrific condition.”

To be driven by premier reinswoman Dani Hill, Assassinator has drawn to settle in a prominent position from barrier three.

TAB Fixed Odds have reacted by posting the son of Somebeachsomewhere as a the $3 favourite.

Searching for his first win since scoring at Albion Park in July 2020, Culture King is considered the main danger at $3.70 from the pole.

“This is the best he has drawn for a while, so hopefully he can take full advantage of it,” Nicol said.