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Actor playing a small part in the next race? (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

extra

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'actor' is the definition.
(extra is a kind of actor)

'in the next race?' is the wordplay.
'in' says the answer is hidden in the clue.
'EXTRA' is hidden within 'next race'.

'playing a small part' is the link.
This may not be correct. Some or all of it may be part of another bit of the clue.

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(Other definitions for extra that I've seen before include "Auxiliary" , "Bonus; surplus" , "Small part actor" , "entry on scorecard?" , "special edition of the paper" .)

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