Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Taxi for Hire at Southwell

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Taxi for Hire at Southwell

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Byline: NAOMI MATTHEW

JOE LE TAXI looks booked for another huge run when he checks in at Southwell.

Mark Johnston's three-year-old will not be available at princely odds, but simply cannot be overlooked in the southwellracecourse.

co.uk Handicap (3.15).

The scopey son of Johannesburg returns to the track with a 6lb penalty, but that is highly unlikely to stifle further progress.

After all, he showed bags of toe on slow ground at Wolverhampton last week to readily account for Torteval by a yawning five lengths.

Keep a close watch, too, on Hi Spec, who runs in the Bistro Prices From pounds 42 Handicap at Kempton (5.20).

Trained by the little-known Mandy Rowland, the eight-year-old mare made a blinding return from a long break at Wolverhampton.

Hi Spec is just 2lb higher than her last winning mark, over a mile at this course last February, and ought to be a much wiser animal following that latest run.

Diriculous should also step back up to the plate in the kempton.co.uk Handicap (7.20).

The Robert Mills-trained seven-year-old was most impressive when winning at Wolverhampton earlier this month and must have a mighty chance off just a 2lb higher mark.

A measure of confidence can be placed behind Sinbad The Sailor when he presses for riches in the Komatsu Mining Maiden Hurdle at Ffos Las (2.25).

Four times a scorer on the Flat, twice over distances over two miles and beyond, George Baker's six-year-old looks to have plenty of potential over jumps.

He illustrated the point at Plumpton in October when third in a two-mile maiden hurdle which is working out pretty well.

There should also be no stopping Kerada in the EBF/TBA. Mares' Novices' Chase (3.0).

Nicky Henderson's seven-year-old was certainly no slouch over hurdles, winning three on the bounce last term and rated as highly as 127, but was always likely to come into her own over fences. …

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