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Reputation and Mayfair Lady the two against the field in Betway Stakes

18 Aug | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Reputation and Mayfair Lady the two against the field in Betway Stakes

Big-field nursery is a race that will pay to solve

York sprints are always a difficult conundrum and in the Betway Stakes at 4.55 we have the added question mark over how much each of these 2yos is going to improve.


There are any number of improvers and it could pay to back a couple at each way prices in this 20-runner field.


Races at York can often be won by course specialists and perhaps we’ll be seeing a course specialist in the making here in the form of Reputation.


This will be his third career start and his third start at the Knavesmire and he should improve again on his latest start where he was slowly away before finding his feet late on.


The second home that day, Point Of Woods, has since won a maiden very comfortably franking the form and the fourth has also won since.


He gets weight from most of his rivals here, has Jamie Spencer in the saddle and the application of cheekpieces will hopefully sharpen him up ensuring he doesn’t lose ground again at the start.


Higher up in the handicap is Mayfair Lady for Richard Fahey who won this in 2012 and he is a trainer who does so well at York.


She’s yet to tackle 6f but it promises to suit and this strong travelling, prominent racer looks as though she’ll be ideally suited to the course.


She’s improved markedly for each of her three runs, winning the latest of those by seven lengths in what was admittedly not the strongest maiden ever run.


The second home has come out and won well since, though, and Mayfair Lady looks sure to go well here.


Others to consider include Quoteline Direct, who is the only horse to come into this race with a 100 per cent record (one run, one win) and the third, fourth and fifth from that race all won next time out.


Also worthy of a mention is Whitman for Mark Johnston.


This horse has won his last two starts – his latest coming in a decent nursery – but Johnston doesn’t have the best strike rate in this contest for a trainer that tends to throw several darts.


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