Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Horse Racing: Ober the Moon! RACING PREVIEW

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Horse Racing: Ober the Moon! RACING PREVIEW

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Byline: By NAOMI MATTHEW

OBERLIN has been knocking on the door this year but his time can finally come in the Enjoy Easter@Pontin's Maiden Stakes at Southwell (3.55).

Mark Johnston's runner is bred to be a Classic winner, being out of Oaks victor Balanchine, but he has so far failed to reach anywhere near those dizzy heights.

However, Oberlin showed flashes of ability when second at Lingfield in January before returning to finish third there earlier in the month.

He bumped into something of an all-weather star on that occasion, though, with winner Rapidity now boasting four victories to his name and rising up the ladder as quickly as his name suggests.

Oberlin is obviously not quite of that calibre but following some favourable gallops reports, his turn must surely be near.

Exit To Luck can shrug off a 6lb penalty and secure a course double in the Go Book Pontin's Today Handicap (4.30).

The ex-German gelding was a surprise winner earlier in February, appearing to benefit from the re-application of blinkers when emerging a one-length winner of a moderate handicap.

He picked up well that day and having won a shade comfortably, Exit To Luck could still have plenty to give.

Rio L'Oren found her path blocked at a crucial stage last time out but given better luck, she should be on the mark in the Visit pontins.com For Great Deals Maiden Stakes at Wolverhampton (7.50).

The Captain Rio filly stayed on well that day after having her run checked and a return to Dunstall Park can yield more success this time.

Pur De Sivola made quite an impression when winning last month and he can follow up at Sandown en-route to the Cheltenham Festival.

Alan King has identified the Jewson Novices' Handicap Chase as a likely target at the big event, but tomorrow's Durkan Group Novices' Chase at Sandown (3.30) provides a nice stepping-stone.

The five-year-old absolutely breezed home by 14 lengths from Gentle John at Wincanton, although the form is a little hard to assess given the quick early pace caught out many of his rivals. …

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