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Ayr: Airwave set for Cheveley after fine win.

Byline: Tom O'Ryan

AIRWAVE, bought for only 12,000gns as a yearling, booked her place in the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes when running out an impressive winner of the Listed Firth of Clyde Stakes under a confident ride from Chris Rutter, writes Tom O'Ryan.

The daughter of Air Express, who had looked unlucky when finishing fourth in the valuable sales race at Doncaster's St Leger meeting, showed an electric turn of foot when asked to go about her business entering the final furlong, and left her rivals toiling as she came home with a cosy length and a half to spare over Irresistible.

Trainer Henry Candy left nobody within earshot in any doubt about how highly he rates Airwave. "I've never had a two-year-old like her, and that includes Wind And Wuthering, who won the Dewhurst by seven lengths," he said. "The reason she's taken until now to show what she's capable of, is because she's been so mentally immature - it took us six months to get her near a set of stalls."

He added: "She frightened me to death a few days ago when she coughed five times, but she was clear the next day, so we decided to send her up."

Candy also part-owns Airwave with Sir Arthur Norman. "He wanted her for a bit of fun and she promises to be quite a lot of fun now," said the trainer, who fended off suggestions that this talented filly may now be sold to the highest bidder. "It would take an awful lot of money to buy her," he said.


Lady Bear (Paul Hanagan, centre) springs a 16-1 surprise in the one-mile handicap when defeating Ho Leng (out of picture), Style Dancer (black and white) and Gilded Dancer (right)
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Sep 23, 2002
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