Baccarat bids to put an unlucky run at York behind him when he goes for the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap at Ripon on Saturday.
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The lightly-raced four-year-old was beaten three and a quarter lengths in sixth place behind Tropics, after being hampered in a nasty incident when jockey Amy Ryan was unshipped from her mount Bogart.
"He was a bit unfortunate and didn't get the run of the race last time at York. He was interfered with by the horse (Bogart) whose saddle slipped and whose jockey fell," said Barry Simpson, racing manager to owner Sir Robert Ogden.
"Paul (Hanagan) was confident he'd have finished in the frame. I'm not suggesting he'd have won, but he'd have finished a lot closer.
"It's a competitive race as you'd expect, but he's in good form and he should run well."
Baccarat is one of three runners from the Richard Fahey stable.
"Baccarat has been running well all year and just needs a bit of luck," said the Malton handler.
"A lot depends on the ground for El Viento. He's capable of winning something like this but you can say that about a lot of them.
"Polski Max is suffering a bit from the handicapper because of a good start to the season and any rain would help him."
David O'Meara has won the historic sprint for the last two years with Pepper Lane and goes for the hat-trick with Louis The Pious and Dick Bos.
"There's no Pepper Lane this year as she's gone off to stud, but we've got Louis The Pious and Dick Bos," the North Yorkshire trainer told At The Races.
"Louis was placed behind Pepper Lane last year and Dick Bos has already won at Ripon this year.
"Louis ran well in the Stewards' Cup, it was a really competitive race and we were happy with him.
"Course form at Ripon is a big plus - with Pepper Lane she was far better there than anywhere else, she was unbeatable there on her day.
"The more rain the better for Dick Bos but he should run well, both of them should."
Veteran trainer Mick Easterby last took the honours with William's Well in 2000.
He is represented this year by the top-weight Hoof It, part-owned by golfer Lee Westwood, and expects the six-year-old to put a disappointing display in the Stewards' Cup behind him.
"He got very wound up at Goodwood, he might have been stung by a bee, but he ran a very good race so I think he'll go well at Ripon," he said.
"He'd been off a while so might have needed his first few runs. If he runs a big race we might go for the Nunthorpe, we'll take it one at a time.
"I think he's still good enough for Group races and after York we hope he'll go to Haydock for the race he just got beat in two years ago.
"The Ayr Gold Cup is on the agenda, but we'll take it race by race."
Michael Dods has a leading fancy in Spinatrix, whose last two successes have come over the course and distance.
"We could do with a bit more rain at Ripon. She does like to get her toe in, so it would suit us if they had a bit more rain," said the Darlington trainer.
"She never stops surprising me. Every time she wins I think well she's too high now and I never thought she would reach the heights of a rating of 100.
"She's drawn one and I'd rather be on one side or the other. She's a horse that gets on with it, so I'd rather be drawn one than in the middle.
"We can just make our own way home from there. I've seen plenty of winners come from that side at Ripon."
This big sprint has eluded Kevin Ryan so far, but the Hambleton handler hopes one of his three runners - Captain Ramius, Blaine and Zacynthus - will get him on the roll of honour.
"Captain Ramius has been very consistent, we've given him a nice break with the Ayr Gold Cup in mind. He'll probably go for that straight after Saturday," said Ryan.
"He's fresh horse and that was always the plan with him. He ran well in the St Wilfrid last year (finishing fourth), so hopefully it will be a nice stepping stone to the Ayr Gold Cup again.
"Blaine half tried to jump the stalls too quick in the Stewards' Cup and stumbled coming out and he gave himself a bit of an overreach, so I can forgive him that run.
"He's still a horse we think an awful lot of and he's working very well so he will probably run on Saturday and then in the Ayr Gold Cup as well."
"This is Zacynthus's first run since he came to me from Luca Cumani and we really like him.
"He has been running over seven furlongs, but watching his races with Luca he doesn't lack speed so we are going to try over six.
"If that works he'll be another horse who will be aimed at the Ayr Gold Cup."
Prodigality was beaten a short head in the consolation race on the same card 12 months ago and his trainer Ron Harris feels that the five-year-old will be a better proposition with that under his belt.
"He ran in the race last year and got drawn on the wrong side, it was a great run for him," he said.
"Graham (Lee) thought with a proper draw he'd have won. He'll be a lot more experienced now."