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Ripon Racing Tips: Hurstwood can capitalise on handy mark

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Adam Houghton outlines the Timeform view on Saturday's card at Ripon

"Hurstwood, who has three course-and-distance wins to his name, brushed aside a couple of lesser efforts when returning to this venue three weeks ago..."

Timeform's Adam Houghton highlights a Nap, Next Best and Each-Way selection at Ripon on Saturday.

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Ripon NAP - 14:55 - Back Hurstwood

Hurstwood took this six-furlong handicap last season and can bag the prize again off just a 1 lb higher mark.

Hurstwood, who has three course-and-distance wins to his name, brushed aside a couple of lesser efforts when returning to this venue three weeks ago, losing out by only half a length and a head in third.

He was arguably unlucky not to go close on that occasion as he was forced to switch over a furlong out, but he can gain compensation off the same mark here.

Back Hurstwood @ 5.04/1 on Betfair Exchange

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Ripon Next Best - 13:45 - Back Spanish Rock

Spanish Rock shaped with encouragement when third over this course and distance on his debut last month, making steady headway when in the clear despite looking green, and he built on that promise to get off the mark at Redcar on his second start.

Spanish Rock showed a likeable attitude to take the gaps when they came and stayed on to lead near the line, getting the verdict by a head. That attitude will stand him in good stead and he can launch a bold bid to defy a penalty.

Back Spanish Rock @ 2.56/4 on Betfair Exchange

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Ripon Each-Way - 15:30 - Back Brazen Bolt

Brazen Bolt has largely been in good order this season and he has run as well as he ever has the last twice.

He was unlucky not to finish a bit closer when runner-up at Thirsk on his penultimate start as he was keeping on when hampered close home, and he then went one better back at that venue, making all to score by a length and a half.

Brazen Bolt should remain competitive after going up 4 lb and will be fresher than those who ran at Ayr last weekend.

Back Brazen Bolt @ 6.05/1 on Betfair Exchange

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