10/02/2002 12:00AM

Russian Rhythm looks sharp


Russian Rhythm should maintain her unbeaten record in Friday's Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies that has a field of six.

Trained by Michael Stoute, Russian Rhythm showed remarkable speed to win the Group 2 Lowther Stakes at York last time out despite horrendous traffic problems. Since that race she has been the favorite for next year's 1000 Guineas. Kieren Fallon will ride.

If an upset does occur, it will likely come from either Ego or Airwave. Both have progressed this autumn, with Ego making her stakes debut after an impressive win at Doncaster last time.

Airwave took a listed stakes in Scotland in her latest start, and has improved with every start. Regarded by her trainer, Henry Candy, as the best juvenile he has ever trained, she looks sure to go well.

Ireland is also represented, with the Jim Bolger-trained Danaskaya. She was runner-up to Russian Rhythm at York, a performance that should be viewed in light of Russian Rhythm's trouble during the race.

The field is rounded out by Wimple, fourth in the Lowther, and Bella Tusa, twice a listed winner this year. The fast going may prove Bella Tusa's undoing, as she has a preference for cut in the ground.