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Tail the animal had caught in (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

shadow

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Here is my best explanation:

'tail' is the definition.
('shadow' can be a synonym of 'tail')

'the animal had caught in' is the wordplay.
'the animal' becomes 'sow'.
'caught in' is an insertion indicator.
'sow' placed around 'had' is 'SHADOW'.

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This clue was last seen in Evening Standard

(Other definitions for shadow that I've seen before include "Opposer", "Tail", "Follow; dark area", "Air of gloom", "Follow; partial darkness", "opposing counterpart", "Image caused by obscuring of light", "Dark area - follow secretly", "Trace - dog" and "Follow closely; pale imitation".)

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