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Hitman on the mend after op.

Byline: Jonathan Kay

DOTLAND HIT MAN, who broke down badly in a Blue Square Derby third-round heat at Wimbledon on Saturday, has successfully had a screw inserted in his damaged hock, but it has been confirmed that his racing career is over, writes Jonathan Kay.

Runner-up to Boherna Best in last year's William Hill All England Cup final at Newcastle and more recently an impressive first-round winner in both the Shawfield and Wimbledon Derbys, Dotland Hit Man will now be given a chance to establish himself at stud.

"It was a bad break, but the good news is that he's come through the operation and can start on the road to recovery," said trainer Andrew Bell of the threeyear-old son of Australian sire Whiskey Assassin yesterday.

"Really, that's all we were worried about after the injury happened, especially his owner Michael Pickworth, who was adamant that whatever needed to be done should be, regardless of what it cost, and is deliriously happy that the operation went well."

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:May 20, 2009
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