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Horse racing betting tips: Monsieur Kodi can bag another big sprint

It's Great St Wilfrid day at Ripon on Saturday and Racing Post tipster Graeme Rodway returns to mark your card for the biggest day of the year at the Garden Racecourse.

Graeme Rodway's tips

2.40 Ripon - Absolutelyflawless @ 20/1 
3.15 Ripon - Monsieur Kodi @ 6/1
3.50 Ripon - Dungar Glory @ 9/2

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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2.40 Ripon - Absolutelyflawless @ 20/1

The Silver Trophy Handicap (2.40) has attracted a field of 19 and it won't be an easy race to solve, but that means you will be richly rewarded if you can find the winner and ABSOLUTELYFLAWLESS might be the one as she has been running well without winning recently. 

The David Loughnane-trained three-year-old was beaten only a neck by subsequent winner Radio Goo Goo off a mark 1lb higher than this at Chester in May and that is strong form. 

She probably found the ground too quick when last of six at Haydock next time, but has returned to form at Chester on her last two outings. 

She was a close sixth over 5f in June and again finished sixth when up to 6f last time. That wasn't a bad effort given she found trouble.

Absolutelyflawless has been given a short break since that last run and this might have been the target as her ability to handle Chester's tight turns bodes well for her at this quirky course. 

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Absolutelyflawless @ 20/1 - 1pt win

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3.15 Ripon - Monsieur Kodi @ 6/1

There is plenty of rain forecast for Ripon overnight and MONSIEUR KODI should prove very difficult to beat if the precipitation arrives in the feature Great St Wilfrid Handicap (3.15).

Trainer Richard Fahey saddled Baccarat (2013) and Don't Touch (2015) to justify favouritism in this race and has probably had the contest in mind for Monsieur Kodi for quite some time.

The selection has progressed rapidly through the ranks this season on his favoured soft ground and made it three wins for the year when landing the Stewards' Sprint at Goodwood last month. He won by half a length, but was well on top and value for more than the margin.

That effort looks even better now as the runner-up, Capote's Dream, franked the form by winning at Windsor on Thursday and Monsieur Kodi is only 3lb higher than for that last win.

A low draw in stall two should be fine if the rain arrives and Monsieur Kodi has a huge chance.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Monsieur Kodi @ 6/1 - 1pt win

3.50 Ripon - Dungar Glory @ 9/2

The mile handicap (3.50) is another competitive race, but DUNGAR GLORY loves it when the mud is flying and has plenty of good form at Ripon. Everything looks in place for a big run.

Dungar Glory kicked off the season with an all-the-way win over 1m2f at this course in June and followed up a week later off 5lb higher at Leicester when the drop to a mile was no issue.

He was below par at Beverley next time, but has bounced back to form on his last two starts, improving on his fourth over 1m2f at this track last month with a good third at York last time.

That last run came over this mile trip, so Dungar Glory is evidently versatile regarding distance, and the form is working out as the winner, second and fourth have run well since.

The return to this track will suit Dungar Glory and he looks certain to make another bold bid.

Graeme Rodway's tip:

Dungar Glory @ 9/2 - 1pt win

Graeme Rodway's tips

2.40 Ripon - Absolutelyflawless @ 20/1
3.15 Ripon - Monsieur Kodi @ 6/1
3.50 Ripon - Dungar Glory @ 9/2

Odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and subject to fluctuation.

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