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BACCARAT - Ripon 17-8-13

Baccarat (second left) winning the Great St Wilfrid Stakes at Ripon

Baccarat proves a Ripon ace in Great St Wilfrid

Report: Ripon, Saturday

William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap (Class 2) 6f, 3yo+

BACCARAT came up trumps for favourite backers when running out a snug winner of the ultra-competitive Great St Wilfrid Handicap.

In a race dominated by those drawn low, course specialist Spinatrix made a brave attempt to make all and at one stage it appeared jockey Connor Beasley's aggressive tactics were going to pay dividends on the mare.

However, Tony Hamilton, riding the 9-2 Richard Fahey-trained favourite, had yet to play his hand, and when he finally did well inside the final furlong he asserted to score comfortably.

The front two pulled some three lengths clear from another low-drawn horse Rodrigo De Torres, with Regal Parade (drawn in six) fourth. 

Robin O'Ryan, assistant trainer to Fahey, said: "He deserved that. Paul Hanagan thought he should have won last time at York.

"Tony Hamilton got him travelling very well and gave him a great ride."

Michael Dods, trainer of the runner-up, said: "I thought Baccarat was the one to be. Spinatrix ran a great race and is still improving."

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