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As before, run after the animal (8)


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'the animal' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'as before run' is the wordplay.
'as before' becomes 'ante' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'run' becomes 'lope' (loping is a kind of running).

'after' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for antelope that I've seen before include "bounder!" , "grazing animal" , "Long-legged ruminant" , "Horned ruminant" , "Springboks, say" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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