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Rain In Spain can swamp opposition.

Jeremy Noseda has his team in good order at the moment and he can make a splash with Rain In Spain at Newmarket tonight.

In the last fortnight, Noseda has had seven winners from 23 runners with another three placed and Rain In Spain, a strapping son of Unfuwain, can keep that run going when he tackles the NGK Spark Plugs Conditions Stakes.

Rain In Spain opened his account at Kempton at the beginning of June in a class D maiden when beating the well-regarded Keebaar by a neck with five lengths back to the third horse - and that form was boosted at the end of June when Keebaar won next time out at Yarmouth in impressive style.

He had been the easy-to-back 14-1 chance on that occasion but he looked as though he was ready to step up in class when successful at Windsor.

Left in front three furlongs from home when the ill-fated Compatible broke his leg, Rain In Spain was rousted along at the half-way stage and was able to go clear of Veronica Franco and winning by five lengths with plenty left in the tank.

Noseda is fast becoming one of the bright stars on the Newmarket scene and in Rain In Spain, he looks to have a horse who can go places.

Bajan Belle must not be missed in the Frank Bird Poultry Maiden at Carlisle.

Mark Johnston's charge looked a horse who could score when finishing third on her debut behind Shatin Beauty and Shalarise at Hamilton and she is expected to improve for the run.

Jack Berry can have the last word on his `Red Shirt' night at Pontefract by taking the final event on the card, the Weatherbys Injured Jockeys Fund Classified Stakes with Albert The Bear.

The six-year-old sprinter lifted a handicap over this six furlongs earlier this month and ran well when third, promoted to second, behind Denbrae at Hamilton.

Uttoxeter owner Stanley Clarke, CBE, has been named as executive chairman of Chepstow racecourse plc. Clarke, who is a member of the Jockey Club and director of the Racecourse Association, recently bought a 29.5 per cent stake in the company.

It brings under his wing yet another racecourse alongside Brighton, Newcastle and Uttoxeter, which are owned and managed by St Modwen Properties plc, of which he is chairman. Meanwhile Uttoxeter's general manager Rod Street has been appointed a non-executive director.
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Date:Jul 16, 1999
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