06/21/2003 12:00AM

Four days later, Choisir repeats


Choisir rewrote the record books at Royal Ascot on Saturday as he sped to victory in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes just four days after he won the Group 2 King's Stand Stakes.

In defeating the favored Airwave by half a length, Australian invader Choisir also cracked the track record for six furlongs. His time in leading throughout over the straight but undulating course on firm ground was 1:12.23, or three-10ths of a second faster than that of Shalford in the same race in 1992, when it was called the Cork and Orrery Stakes.

Choisir also became the first horse to win two races at the Royal Meeting since 1983, when the mare Stanerra took both the Prince of Wales's Stakes and the Hardwicke Stakes.

A 4-year-old son of Danehill Dancer, Choisir also dashed American hopes as the Randy Morse-trained Morluc weakened to finish 17th and last, beaten an embarrassing 30 3/4 lengths. Ridden by Gary Stevens, Morluc led the slower stands-side group until caving in shortly after halfway.

Choisir's performance was all the more remarkable in that Johnny Murtagh tacked the winner over from the far-side rail to the stands-side rail, where the ground was a bit better. Choisir was clear before halfway and had enough left to hold off the late run of Airwave, a 3-year-old filly who had gotten off to her usual slow start at odds of 11-8 (1.375-1).

Sent off at a generous 6-1, Choisir was just as impressive as when he beat Acclamation by a length in the five-furlong King's Stand at 25-1. A $2 parlay on Choisir in the two races would have returned $327. His owners, T.M. Wallace and Partners, pocketed $240,932 for the Golden Jubilee, bringing their take for the week to $377,746.

The vanquished included some of Europe's best sprinters. The French colt Zipping was fourth, defending champ Malhub seventh, Irish invader Belle du Jour 15th, and two-time Group 1 winner Continent 16th. None of them could cope with Choisir's blistering speed.

Trainer Paul Perry, ecstatic after the race, suggested that Choisir would remain in England rather than return home to Australia as originally planned. His reappearance could come in the July Cup, a six-furlong Group 1 contest at Newmarket on July 10, when he would meet Airwave again.

* The Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes went to Indian Creek, a 14-1 shot trained by David Elsworth. Still last of nine approaching the three-sixteenths pole, Indian Creek flew home under Richard Quinn to defeat St. Leger winner Bollin Eric by a neck, getting the 1 1/2 miles in 2:27.24 in his first try beyond 10 furlongs.