07/09/2003 11:00PM

Oasis Dream defeats Choisir


Choisir was denied a third consecutive British sprint prize on Thursday when Oasis Dream outdueled him in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket.

Choisir broke quickest of all, as he had when he won both the the King's Stand Stakes and the Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last month, but the 9-2 Oasis Dream, who had finished third, 2 1/2 lengths behind Choisir, in the King's Stand, collared him at the quarter pole, ultimately prevailing by 1 1/2 lengths. The 3-year-old filly Airwave, a half-length second to Choisir in the Golden Jubilee, had a troubled trip and finished third, a head behind the runner-up.

Oasis Dream, whose victory in last fall's Middle Park Stakes earned him the European juvenile championship, is trained by John Gosden for Khalid Abdullah. He covered the straight and undulating six furlongs under Richard Hughes in 1:09.94 on good to firm ground.