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Thrill Kill looking to claim second country cup of 2024

Peter Hardacre will go above and beyond in search of victory in Friday’s $70,000 Port Lincoln Cup (1960m) with Thrill Kill.

A leading horse on the Country Cup circuit this season after winning the Coonawarra Cup at Penola before finishing second in town and second again in the Kangaroo Island Cup last time out, Hardcare said the horse’s distaste for foreign environments will mean a challenging travel schedule.

“It’s going to be a bit of an exercise,’’ Hardacre said.

“He doesn’t settle well in stables and strange environments.

“We’re going to travel over Thursday night, get there early hours Friday morning and let him settle in, have a feed and then off to the races.

“It’s similar to what a lot of people do going to Melbourne.

“And then back home after the races, it’s going to be a long day for me and the staff and we wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t think we were a good chance in the race,’’ he said.

Hardacre said Thrill Kill was a horse more than capable of winning the race if things can fall his way.

“He’s going sensational,’’ Hardacre said.

“He usually puts himself in a red hot spot and I think he’s a good chance in the race.

“He doesn’t win out of turn but always gives an honest effort.

“I think he’s a top three chance, if he can get the right run in the race, he’s certainly a winning chance.

“We’ll be there trying to win it, that’s for sure, I’m going there with a bit of confidence,’’ he said.

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