Airwaves standout

AIRWAVES has always shown Edendale trainer Craig Laurenson plenty of raw ability and lots of good speed, writes Bruce Stewart on the website.

The half–brother to Maximan, the winner of 20 races and $371,759, Airwaves is by Panspacificflight out of Clifton Beauty. He was bred by Ian Bennett.

“Maximan has gone 1:50 in Aussie and I think this horse has more speed. I know it sounds stupid,” Laurenson said.

Airwaves . . . another impressive winner by Panspacificflight

Airwaves . . . another impressive winner by Panspacificflight

Airwaves was having only his second start when he won at Invercargill on 25 May and Laurenson was hoping he’d just get round after he’d paced roughly on a number of occasions on debut.

“His heart rate is unreal. He’s lucky to get over 80 no matter what we work him. He went 3:02 one day at the workouts when he wasn’t qualified and his rate was 78 when he came off the track. You get a wee bit excited when they’ve got that much ability.”

And he thinks the horse is still two years away from being the complete racehorse.

“His brother (Maximan) is ten and has run 1:50 in Aussie so he’s got six years up his sleeve.”

Nearly three from three

THE RED ROBBER came within a nostril of giving Macca Lodge sire Panspacificflight a perfect record of three winners from three runners at the Invercargill meeting on 25 May.

The Tony Stratford-trained five-year-old was edged out by No More Change after sitting parked for most of the 2200 metres.

Earlier Airwaves paid $26 when he scored his maiden win at his second start — though he won like a $2 shot.

Alex Milne took the half-brother to big Australian winner Maximan to the lead from the outside of the front line over 2200 metres and was never headed. He coasted away by two lengths at the finish.

And Ansett Flight gave Panspacificflight his second winner for the day when he won his fifth race. He has also had 10 seconds and six thirds.