Aussies Go for a Quick Double

By Cunningham, Graham | The Evening Standard (London, England), June 20, 2003 | Go to article overview

Aussies Go for a Quick Double


Cunningham, Graham, The Evening Standard (London, England)


Byline: GRAHAM CUNNINGHAM

AS far as punters are concerned, the problem with Royal Ascot bankers is that you just can't bank on them.

Take this week's events in sunny Berkshire. Kalaman and Hawk Wing let down the big hitters on day one, swiftly followed by Arakan and Moon Ballad on day two, while the heavily-backed Kheleyf also fluffed his lines on day three.

Tomorrow the banker baton is passed to Airwave, who lays her champion sprinter claims on the line in a Golden Jubilee Stakes which looks one of the best six-furlong races run in Britain for many a day.

Can she win it? Of course she can.

Does she deserve to be rated as a banker in a field of 23?

Not with the Australian powerhouse Choisir in opposition, she doesn't.

Henry Candy is the very model of English reserve, so when he says that he has seen Airwave "do the most amazing things" on the gallops at home only a fool would ignore him.

The Air Express filly produced a stunning performance in Sandown's Temple Stakes last month, overcoming a very slow start to treat good sprinters like selling platers, and she would have been the natural choice for this [pounds sterling]250,000 contest had Paul Perry kept Choisir at his Bro ad -meadow base near Sydney.

But Perry didn't.

Instead he sent his his massive chestnut colt halfway round the world for Tuesday's King's Stand Stakes and pulled off an unforgettable coup when Choisir showed brilliant speed to defy a Group 1 penalty in tremendous style. …

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