Munro aims for hat-trick
Ralph Beckett's Munro goes for a hat-trick in the Smarter Bets With Matchbook Betting Exchange Conditions Stakes at Kempton on Tuesday.
Ralph Beckett: Trains Munro
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.
Munroseeks 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 said: "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 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 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.
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