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Life's a beach for in-form Halford

THE names Mick Halford and Shane Foley are popping up regularly here, but punters should strike while the iron is hot and at Halford's Kildangan base the iron is absolutely scorching.

Another double for Foley on Monday night emphasised just how well he is riding at the moment and tonight at Fairyhouse it is Victor's Beach who is selected to maintain the terrific form of the duo in the three-year-old-only Motor Neurone Fun Run at Fairyhouse on June 29th Handicap.

After encouraging runs last season, which saw Victor's Beach win a Dundalk nursery, and then a pleasing reappearance at Dundalk last month, the Footstepsinthesand gelding should return to winning ways.

Elsewhere on the card, the Fairyhouse Sunday Market Race over seven furlongs looks an ideal opportunity for the 105 rated Antious to win for the first time for David Marnane after running a respectable race behind Hitchens at the Curragh last time out.

Tonight's race is a significant drop back in class for the six-year-old who previously raced in South Africa and ground conditions should be ideal.

The concluding maiden over 1m4f is wide open with many boasting a decent run or two, but Heirloom can be expected to improve after a winter's break and any market moves for the Ballydoyle runner should be followed.

In the penultimate race, Whatever It Takes can follow up a Dundalk win and make it two on the trot for Niall Madden, Fran Berry and JP McManus.


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