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Drop in standard should suit obsidian

Obsidian should appreciate a slight drop in class as he lines up in the Bet totetrifecta Handicap at Ayr tomorrow.

Richard Fahey's charge was last in action on Oaks day when he lined up in the ultra-competitive Investec Mile at Epsom, posting a career-best effort in finishing fourth.

The four-year-old just ran out of gas in the dying strides after challenging with a furlong to run, being beaten just under two lengths by Gratzie at the line.

Obsidian had only shed his maiden tag at Thirsk earlier this season as he has been unfortunate to run into the likes of Storm The Stars, Connecticut, Kings Fete and Astronereus in the past.

However, he is clearly a horse with ability and off a mark of 81, he has every chance.

Fahey should also be on the mark with Liberty Sky in the totepool Betting On All UK Racing Handicap after she posted a couple of more encouraging efforts of late.

Edgar Balthazar has failed to meet expectations so far this term but he can finally get off the mark for 2015 in the Collect totepool Winnings At Betfred Shops Handicap.

Keith Dalgleish's runner looked a promising type when winning at Hamilton on his racecourse bow last July but he was then off the track until turning up in a Pontefract handicap in April.

That unplaced outing followed by another couple of similarly lacklustre efforts hardly inspires confidence, but he at least hit the frame back on Pontefract on Monday.

He was beaten a fair way in third in a conditions event but he is just the type to turn up at decent odds.


BELLEWSTOWN: 4.50 Marchese Marconi, 5.25 All Or Now, 5.55 Santo Prince, 6.25 Rawnaq, 6.55 Ultimate Horseman, 7.25 Keep Swinging, 7.55 Roconga.

BEVERLEY: 1.50 Poplar Close, 2.25 Koothrappali, 3.00 Bondi Beach Boy, 3.35 Atlantic Affair, 4.10 Make On Madam, 4.45 Our Kylie, 5.20 Rashash.

CARLISLE: 6.05 Heroique, 6.35 Zoraida, 7.05 Bronze Beau, 7.35 Kiwi Bay, 8.05 Go Dan Go, 8.35 Lazarus Bell, 9.05 Mediate.

HAYDOCK: 1.45 Lord Ben Stack, 2.15 Miss Marjurie, 2.50 APTERIX (NAP), 3.25 Bapak Asmara, 4.00 Clear Spring, 4.35 Flexible Flyer, 5.10 Majestic Moon.

LEICESTER: 2.05 Meandmyshadow, 2.40 That'll Happen, 3.15 Intimation, 3.50 York Glory, 4.25 Muhaafiz, 5.00 Venutius, 5.35 Vale Of Paris.

NOTTINGHAM: 5.45 Power Up, 6.15 Angel Of The Night, 6.45 All The Winds, 7.15 Fondly, 7.45 Go Sakhee, 8.15 Kip, 8.45 Little Riggs.

SANDOWN: 1.25 Properus, 2.00 Wind Fire, 2.35 Melvin The Grate, 3.10 Black Cherry, 3.45 Golden Horn, 4.20 Eye Of The Storm, 4.55 Pleiades.

DOUBLE: Mighty Yar and Wind Fire.


AYR: 1.30 Celtic Power, 2.00 Hanno, 2.30 Heavenly River, 3.05 Wolf Heart, 3.35 Liberty Sky, 4.10 OBSIDIAN (NAP), 4.45 Edgar Balthazar, 5.15 Red Invader.

FAIRYHOUSE: 2.25 Periwig, 2.55 Chillie Billie, 3.30 Majestic Queen, 4.00 Zylan, 4.35 Mzuri, 5.10 Waaheb, 5.40 Edelpour.

LIMERICK: 2.05 Lord Kenmare, 2.35 Punch Bag, 3.10 Heist, 3.40 Flaming Dawn, 4.15 Swantykay, 4.50 Protaras, 5.20 Monlough Girl.

MARKET RASEN: 2.15 Nabucco, 2.45 Dino Mite, 3.20 Ivans Back, 3.50 Tindaro, 4.25 Aviator, 5.00 Lucky Landing, 5.30 Speed Check.

DOUBLE: Obsidian and Edgar Balthazar.