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Obliterator ready to roar for Lyons

Ger Lyons is looking forward to seeing what Obliterator can do on the track in the ebm-papst Feilden Stakes at Newmarket on Wednesday.

The Oratorio colt, co-owned by Qatar Racing, has several lofty entries, including in the QIPCO 2000 Guineas, and won his only race to date in highly promising fashion at the Curragh in September.

Lyons has brought Obliterator to Newmarket in search of suitable ground and to give him vital experience.

"He's a lovely, gorgeous-looking colt," said the County Meath handler.

"He won his maiden well and there's no reason than he needs top of the ground. We don't have that in Ireland and we don't have the race for him, so it's an obvious place to show our hand.

"I think he's a potential 10-furlong horse, so rather than going up two grades and straight into a Guineas I wanted to see him in a Listed race.

"Nine furlongs will suit and the most important thing is the ground. I couldn't be happier with the horse.

"The only negative is we have to travel to do it, but that's what we've got to do. He's travelled well and it will all be part of the experience."

Trainer Mark Johnson believes Somewhat will be suited by the step up in distance.

The son of Dyanformer has to give 3lb to all his rivals because of his success at this level in the Washington Singer Stakes at Newbury in August after which he was second to Berkshire in the Royal Lodge Stakes before being unplaced in the Racing Post Trophy.

"I suppose the 3lb penalty makes it more difficult than otherwise," said the Middleham handler. "He's done very well over the winter and I think this is an obvious starting point for him. I think the trip should suit him."

Ismail Mohammed is hoping the ground will not have dried out too much for Stormardal.

The Shamardal colt won a Carlisle maiden in impressive fashion on soft ground and was not disgraced when fifth to War Command in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on his final outing last season.

"He's working very well and I think the ground will be OK," said the Newmarket trainer.

"He's doing very well. We worked him last Saturday and we are happy with him. He should run very well if we don't have any problem with the ground.

"Hopefully there will be enough moisture in the ground for all the horses."

Richard Hannon is happy with his two runners, Barley Mow and Truth Or Dare, as they embark upon their three-year-old campaigns.

"You can forget Barley Mow's comeback run at Lingfield recently as it turned into a three-runner farce," the trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

"He challenged wide on the home bend and got carried into the centre of the track - had Ryan (Moore) gone inside I think he would have won, but Barley Mow will appreciate both this extra furlong and the more conventional track, and, hopefully, he can make amends here.

"We also run Truth Or Dare, who can be lazy at home but had a good blow-out at Herridge on Monday.

"He showed himself a smart colt, too, last year, and we are looking forward to getting him going again."