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Baccarat edges out Spinatrix to win at Ripon
Baccarat justified market confidence when cutting down Spinatrix to land the Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon under Tony Hamilton.
Appreciating the rain-softened conditions, the 9/2 favourite - who had headed the betting for the race drew up to challenge Spinatrix (9/1) at the furlong-pole, but winning jockey Hamilton waited until the final 75 yards before asking his mount to edge past.
Baccarat responded to score by a neck from the gutsy runner-up, the pair three and half lengths clear from Rodrigo De Torres (33/1), with Regal Parade (40/1) fourth for each-way backers.
The Ayr Gold Cup is the likely next target for Baccarat, with Hamilton telling At The Races: "I was drawn up the middle, so had the option of going either side, and it did look as if the horse on the far side [all of the first four were drawn in single figures] had the edge.
"He hasn't had the best of luck in his last couple of starts and he deserved this and we might well have to look at Ayr next.
"I didn't want to get to Spinatrix too early as she does battle back, so I tried to take my time and be patient."
Spinatrix's trainer Michael Dods was trying to be pleased with second place.
"I thought the winner was the one to beat and he's beaten us!" said the trainer. "She's an improving mare and they have finished a long way clear of the rest so hopefully it will be our turn next."