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Night of Glass to shine; RACING.

RAISE a toast to Night of Glass in the Happy Birthday Eddie Moll Rated Stakes at Beverley tomorrow.

Les Eyre's six-year-old has been a model of consistency this season but has yet to gain just reward for his efforts.

It seemed that the first success of the season was simply a matter of time after Night of Glass had finished a close third to Right Wing in the Worthington Lincoln at Doncaster in March.

But his luck has been out since in three other fiercely-competitive events - Ascot's Victoria Cup, the Thirsk Hunt Cup and the Hambleton Rated Stakes at York.

Tomorrow's contest is nothing like as difficult and he has been given a chance by the handicapper as he is allowed to run off a mark 3lb lower than at York.

Eyre can complete a double by sending out Butterscotch to take the Rose And Crown Handicap.

The three-year-old was a close fourth to Nathan's Boy here a month ago and the form of that race has worked out remarkably well with the second (Gypsy), Enfilade (third) and Deploy Venture (fifth) all winning on their next outing.

England's Rose showed enough promise on her debut second to Evergreen Venture at Lingfield two weeks ago to suggest that she is up to winning races, starting with the Kings Head Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

Victory Spin, runner-up to subsequent Sagitta 2000 Guineas winner Island Sands on his racecourse bow at Salisbury last August, should outclass the opposition in the Conservative Club Maiden Stakes.

China Red can make a winning return to Lingfield's Equitrack in the day's Showcase race, the Coral Handicap over a mile.

The five-year-old, trained by John Hills, was a respectable third to Bomb Alaska and Showboat at Goodwood last Tuesday but had earlier been most impressive when making all to dispose of Silca Blanka by six lengths over this course and distance.

My Lass was an expensive failure on her only previous run on Equitrack last November but it is possible that the surface was not to blame for her poor effort.

And trainer Sir Mark Prescott is giving the recent Hamilton winner a chance to atone in the Country & Western Night 29th May Classified Stakes.

Penmayne, a fair eighth to Irish 1000 Guineas winner Hula Angel in the Group Two Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket last October, takes a big drop in class in the Mosey On Down To Country & Western Night Novice Stakes.


BEVERLEY: 2.15 Princess Victoria, 2.45 Lucky Nemo, 3.15 Night of Glass, 3.45 England's Rose, 4.15 Butterscotch, 4.45 Victory Spin.

LINGFIELD: 2.00 Opera Buff, 2.30 Steamroller Stanly, 3.00 Thrifty, 3.30 Penmayne, 4.00 China Red, 4.30 My Lass.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Hamer, Keith
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 24, 1999
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