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Newmarket pair set for Fast-Track Qualifier battle in Newcastle

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Newmarket-trained duo Ummalnar and Vintager are set to clash in the Bombardier Conditions Stakes at Newcastle tomorrow (5.30pm) – one of two Fast-Track Qualifiers on the card.

The mile Tapeta contest provides the winner with a guaranteed start in the Bombardier All-Weather Mile Championship at Lingfield Park on All-Weather Championships Finals Day, Good Friday, April 2.

William Haggas' Ummalnar has a 3lb penalty to contend with following a career best on her latest start. The six-year-old produced the most impressive Fast-Track Qualifier performance of the season so far when slamming Surrounding by six lengths in the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cooley Fillies & Mares Stakes at Dundalk on November 13.

William Haggas' Ummalnar winning at Dundalk in 2020
William Haggas' Ummalnar winning at Dundalk in 2020

Haggas said: “Ummalnar has been fine since her win in Ireland. This race fits in well in preparation for Dubai at the end of the month. She is heading out there for the Cape Verdi on January 28.

“Beyond that, I would say it is very possible that she will come back here to run on the All-Weather.

“We will keep all our options open, but it’s definitely Newcastle tomorrow and then Dubai on the 28th.”

Meanwhile, former Godolphin runner Vintager – now trained by Simon and Ed Crisford – made a promising start for his current connections when landing a mile conditions race at Chantilly on December 8, his first start for 430 days.

The six-year-old enjoyed some big days for Charlie Appleby in 2019, winning a Group 3 contest at Chantilly and the Group 2 86th Oettingen-Rennen in Germany.

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