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NO-ONE CAN ENTER HALFORD'S AIRSPACE; Plane sailing for four-year-old.

Byline: CHRIS BEECH

AIRSPACE is napped to win the Bar One Racing Handicap at Dundalk tomorrow.

Michael Halford's four-year-old has bags of pace and while he failed to put up much of a show in the Rockingham Handicap at The Curragh, the soft ground was probably against him that day and from his good draw, I'd expect a much better run on this occasion.

Both BAJAN TRYST and LUISANT, who were second and third in the Rockingham, are bound to be thereabouts again as should SIX OF HEARTS, who has won twice around here in the past.

BASHIR BIYOUM ZAIN is a real course specialist and has won three times on tomorrow's artificial surface, but all those victories have been over seven furlongs and a mile and I'd say the three-year-old will struggle over the trip.

It looks a cracking contest, but Johnny Murtagh and Airspace will do for me.

It could be a good afternoon for Murtagh, who can win the fillies maiden courtesy of EMERALD RING, which was placed in a Group 3 earlier in this season and she looks to have been found a winning opportunity by her trainer David Wachman.

Murtagh also has solid claims with AVANTI ALBERT, who may have been unsuited by the track, when he finished down the field on his last start at Galway.

Tony Martin's horse won around here last season and he won't mind the drop back to a mile and a quarter and the six-year-old can score at the expense of DESIGNATED DECOY in the August Handicap.

The Tommy Stack trained HIGHLY COMPOSED, who was third in a listed race earlier in the season at Cork, looks the one in the auction maiden and she can be the second leg of a double for Wayne Lordan, who can win the opener on GOOD TO FOLLOW.

It is very ordinary stuff at Tramore over the next couple of days, but O'BELLA BALLERINA should win the opener tonight for Fran Berry and John Oxx.

CHICAGO GREY is strongly fancied to follow up his recent novice chase success at Galway, by landing tomorrow's O'Shea's Hotel Chase for Gordon Elliott.

Meanwhile, Ruby Walsh, inset, has been given the all-clear to return to action at Roscommon on Monday after being sidelined with a broken arm for just over four months.

The top Irish jockey sustained the injury in a fall from Celestial Halo in the Aintree Hurdle at Liverpool on Grand National day in April.

He had hoped to make his comeback at the Galway Festival three weeks earlier, but his surgeon Bill Quinlan advised him to wait a bit longer.

"He went to see his surgeon, Mr Quinlan, on Wednesday and he gave him the all-clear to resume at Roscommon next Monday," Jennifer, his sister and agent, told At The Races.

"It wasn't actually the fall that caused the damage. It was a horse coming along behind him and stood on top of him and broke his arm in three places.

"It was the three breaks that took the time to heal which is why it has taken longer.

"Ruby went back last Wednesday and the surgeon is 100 per cent happy with it.

"He's been riding out for the past 10 days for his dad (Ted) and at Willie Mullins' yard, so he's ready to go on Monday."

MEETINGS

TODAY: Tramore

TOMORROW: Dundalk Tramore

MONDAY: Roscommon

TUESDAY: Killarney

WEDNESDAY: Killarney

THURSDAY: Killarney

FRIDAY: Killarney Kilbeggan

SATURDAY: Curragh

SUNDAY: Ballinrobe Cork

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Aug 14, 2010
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