The second Fast-Track Qualifier within two days, the £19,000 Smarter Bets With Matchbook Betting Exchange Conditions Stakes (3.40pm, six runners), takes place on Polytrack at Kempton Park on Tuesday, January 17.
The six-furlong contest is a Fast-Track Qualifier for the £150,000 32Red All-Weather Three-Year-Old Championships Conditions Stakes over the same distance and surface at Lingfield Park on the All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14.
Munro (Ralph Beckett/Adam Kirby) seeks a hat-trick of All-Weather wins following victories over the same distance at Kempton Park (maiden) and Lingfield Park (nursery).
The Kyllachy colt, recently purchased by Hong Kong-based Ronald Arculli, is drawn five of the six runners on Tuesday.
Munro has raced three times, all on Polytrack, and this will be his third start at Kempton Park. He finished 10 of 11 on his November 9 debut in a maiden there and 14 days later won at the Sunbury track when making all.
The most recent start came at Lingfield Park on December 18 when he succeeded on his handicap debut against five rivals, beating Zamjar by a half-length. The runner-up has since franked the form by winning a Newcastle nursery by three lengths.
Adam Kirby, leading the way to be champion jockey of this All-Weather Championships, takes the ride on Munro for the first time.
Beckett commented today: “Munro is in good shape and racing for a new owner.
“This is obviously a big step up in class for him, but the track and trip will suit him.”
Sutter County (Mark Johnston/ P J McDonald) tries to make it third time lucky in the Smarter Bets With Matchbook Betting Exchange Conditions Stakes as he has already been placed in two Fast-Track Qualifiers.
The Yorkshire challenger went down by a neck to Kananee over six furlongs at Newcastle in November (pictured on the left) and finished a close third behind Dubai One in a five-furlong event at Wolverhampton in December, when Visionary (Robert Cowell/Luke Morris), who won a Tapeta conditions race over five furlongs at Wolverhampton on January 7, was a length and a half back in fifth after a slow start.
Second Thought (William Haggas/Robert Winston) was also successful at Wolverhampton on his latest outing, readily taking a six-furlong maiden on December 16.
Tomily (Richard Hannon/Sean Levey), a Listed runner-up on turf at Doncaster in November, makes his first start on an All-Weather surface since running second on debut at Kempton Park in April, and Letmestopyouthere (David Evans/Andrew Mullen) recently won a Newcastle seven-furlong handicap.
Last year’s John Smith’s Northumberland Plate hero Antiquarium features among an excellent field of eight for the £19,000 Betway Conditions Stakes (4.00pm), a Fast-Track Qualifier, on Tapeta at Wolverhampton tomorrow, Monday, January 16.
The winner of the extended two-mile Tapeta contest receives a free and automatic place in the £150,000 Betway All-Weather Marathon Championships Conditions Stakes on Polytrack at Lingfield Park on Finals Day, Good Friday, April 14.