Diamond Jubilee Stakes - 22nd June 2013 

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Lethal Force Smashes Diamond Jubilee

1 Lethal Force 11/1
2 Society Rock 4/1 Fav
3 Krypton Factor 25/1
18 ran Distances: 2l, 1¾l, 1l
TIME 1m 13.36s (slow by 0.96s)

Trainer Clive Cox, enjoying his fourth Royal Ascot success, was quick to praise jockey Adam Kirby after 11/1 shot Lethal Force made all the running to land the Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

Lethal Force
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Lethal Force

The son of Dark Angel broke smartly and soon headed the 18-strong field and it was clear from halfway that he would take some catching. 4/1 favourite Society Rock emerged from the rear of the field to try and catch the leader but he couldn’t quite reel him in as Lethal Force galloped to a two-length victory.

“It wasn’t the plan to be in front like that and I was more than a bit worried that the field would swamp him at some point,” said Cox.

“He sometimes struggles with his concentration and we’ve had the blinkers on him in the past but left them off today. He hits the gates so well that sometimes it’s difficult to hold him back.

“Lethal Force was having a blow in front and when Adam sent him on he was explosive – it was a very authoritative victory.

“Adam is such a brilliant rider and it is amazing how he does what he does considering his weight.

“It was clear that Lethal Force was a potent force when winning the Hungerford Stakes (at Newbury over seven furlongs) last year and showed just how good he was at six when chasing home Society Rock at York last time out.

“It’s very special to win a Group One like this on home territory – that’s what this game is all about.

“I am thrilled for everybody concerned and it’s fantastic for the team at home, especially after the winter that we’ve had. I’m delighted for both the owners and the horse. Just to compete at this level is amazing but to actually win is fantastic.

“He’s clearly very good at this trip so we’ll see how he is when we get him home and plan the rest of the season from there. He’s in the July Cup but I’m not sure Newmarket would be his track so we’ll have to think about that.

“There are plenty of options though which obviously includes those sort of races abroad.”

Jockey Adam Kirby enjoyed his first Group One victory and his second at Royal Ascot with a front-running performance.

“I am really, really pleased. We have always had a lot of respect for this horse and to be fair he has always run his race without winning,” said Kirby.

“The only man I’ve got to thank is Clive Cox. I said I was going to drop the horse in and Clive told me to do whatever I wanted. Lethal Force hit the gates well and was doing it all so easily. It wasn’t the way I’d intended to ride him but he has a very high cruising speed.

“He’s unbelievable the way he does things. Everyone said it was a fluke when he won the Hungerford over seven furlongs last season but it wasn’t. He was only three and just a frame then but he’s a much more solid horse now.”

Lethal Force is owned by Alan Craddock and his son Robin, who were delighted with the result.


Diamond Jubilee Stakes
(British Champions Series & Global Sprint Challenge) (Group 1)
£500,000 added, 3yo plus, 6f, Class 1
18 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Starting Price
Beaten Distance
Lethal Force
C G Cox
A Kirby
9st 4lbs
11 - 1
Society Rock
J R Fanshawe
K Fallon
9st 4lbs
4 - 1
2 lengths
Krypton Factor
F Nass
Luke Morris
9st 4lbs
25 - 1
1 3/4 length
Gordon Lord Byron
T Hogan
William Buick
9st 4lbs
15 - 2
1 length
Rosdhu Queen
W J Haggas
R Hughes
8st 8lbs
16 - 1
J S Goldie
G Lee
9st 4lbs
12 - 1
3/4 length
Slade Power
E Lynam
W M Lordan
9st 4lbs
10 - 1
Sea Siren
John O'Shea
R L Moore
9st 1lbs
7 - 1
D P Nagle
J P Spencer
9st 4lbs
14 - 1
2 lengths
H A Pantall
F Veron
9st 4lbs
66 - 1
1/2 length
Darrin Miller
L Dettori
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
Intense Pink
C F Wall
S Sanders
9st 1lbs
50 - 1
Sirius Prospect
D K Ivory
Jim Crowley
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
3 lengths
Dandy Boy
D Marnane
P J Dobbs
9st 4lbs
12 - 1
A M Balding
L P Keniry
8st 11lbs
25 - 1
R Charlton
J Doyle
9st 1lbs
10 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
S bin Suroor
S De Sousa
9st 4lbs
16 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 4lbs
33 - 1
7 lengths


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Mr Consistent Sprinter, Society Rock, who is trained by James Fanshawe, embellished his wonderful record when finishing runner-up in today’s £500,000 Group One Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

His formline in this race alone is 2 1 5 2, and his prize-money earnings have now comfortably surpassed £900,000.

Today he was outgunned by Lethal Force – a rival he beat recently in the Duke Of York Stakes – going down by two lengths under Kieren Fallon, but finishing one and three-quarter lengths ahead of third-placed Krypton Factor representing Bahrain trainer Fawzi Nass who owns Aislabie Stud near Newmarket. He used that base to prepare the five-year-old for today’s encounter.

Fanshawe said: “We beat the winner at York and they are clearly the top two [sprinters] at the moment. I hope to have him at his best and ready for Newmarket [to run in the Darley July Cup on July 11].”

The first three all hold entries for that contest, and Nass said Krypton Factor would be in the line up. The horse was sixth in last year’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes behind Black Caviar, and today moved up the places to take some valuable prize money.

Nass added: “He is in better form this year. Last year we went to Singapore after Dubai and there was a lot of travelling for him. This year was a different case – he came here direct from Dubai and did not have such a hard campaign while he was there. He will come on plenty from this run.

“He did one good piece of work recently – we have gallops at Aislabie where we do steady work, and we use the Newmarket gallops for fast work.

“He will go for the July Cup next, but he needs good to firm ground. Maybe good, but nothing worse.”


Sea Siren, who made the mammoth trip from Australia to the UK for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot, will now make another voyage, although of a shorter distance, when she travels to Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle yard in Ireland.

The Fastnet Rock mare finished eighth in the Group One sprint and her trainer, John O’Shea, commented afterwards: “She’s got a bit tired up the run in. It is a learning experience as she is probably saying she has had enough – she had a hard run in Brisbane and then the trip up here.

“It has been worthwhile coming and we are happy with the way that she has done since she has been here.

“I think it is a very doable thing if you get your horse to the right stage of his preparation. It would be wonderful to win here. We have just got to find five or six lengths.

“She is going to Aidan on Monday night so I just had a chat with him to help him get a feel for her.”

Ryan Moore added: “I think that the stiff track found her out – she travelled fine. She jumped out well and just outside of the leader but then just struggled up the hill.”

Asked if she would go for the July Cup at Newmarket, Aidan O’Brien, who is to take over the training of Sea Siren, replied: “Obviously the lads (owners John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith) will talk about that.”

Frankie Dettori who rode American challenger Havelock and finished eleventh said: “I didn’t get much of a run.”


Past Results

2012-WINNER-BLACK CAVIAR 6-9-01 Owner-G J Wilkie, Mrs K J Wilkie et al; Trainer-Peter Moody AUS; Jockey-Luke Nolen; SP-1/6
2ND-Moonlight Cloud 4-9-01 Owner-George Strawbridge; Trainer-Freddy Head FR; Jockey-Thierry Jarnet; SP-5/1
3RD-Restiadargent 3-8-08 Owner-Guy Pariente; Trainer-Alex Pantall FR; Jockey-Maxime Guyon; SP-40/1
14 ran; Time-1m 14.10s; Dist-hd, nk

2011-WINNER-SOCIETY ROCK 4-9-04 Owner-Simon Gibson; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Pat Cosgrave; SP-25/1
2ND-Monsieur Chevalier 4-9-04 Owner-Valerie Hubbard & Ian Higginson; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-25/1
3RD-Star Witness 4-9-04 Owner-Widden Stud; Trainer-Danny O’Brien AUS; Jockey-Steven Arnold; SP-4/1
16 ran; Time-1m 17.22s; Dist-½, 1¼ 3/1 Fav Bewitched (14th)

2010-WINNER-STARSPANGLEDBANNER 4-9-04 Owner-Michael Tabor/Derrick Smith/Sue Magnier/Ms Massey; Trainer-Aidan O’Brien
IRE; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-13/2 Jt Fav
2ND Society Rock 3-8-11 Owner-Simon Gibson; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Pat Cosgrave; SP-50/1
3RD Kinsale King 5-9-04 Owner-Sheehy LLC; Trainer-Carl O’Callaghan USA; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-8/1
24 ran; Time-1m 12.57s; Dist-1¾, hd 13/2 Jt Fav Fleeting Spirit (4th)

2009-WINNER-ART CONNOISSEUR 3-8-11 Owner-Richard Green; Trainer-Michael Bell; Jockey-Tom Queally; SP-20/1
2ND-Cannonball 4-9-04 Owner-Ken & Sarah Ramsey; Trainer-Wesley Ward USA; Jockey-Olivier Peslier; SP-11/1
3RD-Lesson In Humility 4-9-01 Owner-Michael Nelmes-Crocker; Trainer-Karl Burke; Jockey-Andrew Elliott; SP-33/1
14 ran; Time-1m 14.90s; Dist-nk, 2½ 5/2 Fav J J The Jet Plane (4th)

2008-WINNER-KINGSGATE NATIVE 3-8-11 Owner-John Mayne; Trainer-John Best; Jockey-Seb Sanders; SP-33/1
2ND-War Artist 5-9-04 Owner-Vintage Thoroughbreds; Trainer-James Eustace; Jockey-Kerrin McEvoy; SP-8/1
3RD-Sir Gerry 3-8-11 Owner-Mrs Gerry Galligan; Trainer-James Fanshawe; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-20/1
17 ran, Time-1m 13.33s, Dist-1¼, ¾ 4/1 Fav Takeover Target (4th)

2007-WINNER-SOLDIER’S TALE 6-9-04 Owner-Budget Stable; Trainer-Jeremy Noseda; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-9/1
2ND-Takeover Target 8-9-04 Owner-Joe & Ben Janiak; Trainer-Joe Janiak AUS; Jockey-Jay Ford; SP-8/1
3RD-Asset 4-9-04 Owner-Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXVI; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Richard Hughes; SP-14/1
21 ran, Time-1m 14.51s, Dist-hd, ½ 2/1 Fav Miss Andretti (15th)

2006-WINNER-LES ARCS 6-9-04 Owner-Willie McKay; Trainer-Tim Pitt; Jockey-John Egan; SP-33/1
2ND-Balthazaar’s Gift 3-8-11 Owner-Ryder Racing Ltd; Trainer-Kevin Ryan; Jockey-Jamie Spencer; SP-50/1
3RD-Takeover Target 7-9-04 Owner-Joe & Ben Janiak; Trainer-Joe Janiak AUS; Jockey-Jay Ford; SP-7/2 Fav
18 ran, Time-1m 13.12s, Dist-nk, 2

2005-WINNER-CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 7-9-04 Owner-Exors of the late R Carstairs; Trainer-David Oughton HK;
Jockey-Michael Kinane; SP-6/1
2ND-Galeota 3-8-11 Owner-John Lazzari; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Ryan Moore; SP-15/2
3RD-Balmont 4-9-04 Owner-Sanford Robertson & Hatta Bloodstock; Jockey-Christophe Soumillon; SP-9/2 Fav
15 ran, Time-1m 8.58s Dist-hd, 1½ (run at York)

2004-WINNER-FAYR JAG 5-9-04 Owner-Jonathan Gill; Trainer-Tim Easterby; Jockey-Willie Supple; SP-12/1
2ND-Crystal Castle 6-9-04 Owner-J Raw; Trainer-John Hammond FR; Jockey-Kieren Fallon; SP-8/1
3RD-Cape Of Good Hope 6-9-04 Owner-Exors of the late R Carstairs; Trainer-David Oughton HK; Jockey-Michael Kinane; SP-13/2
14 ran, Time-1m 13.35s Dist-hd, hd 100/30 Fav Avonbridge (5th)

2003-WINNER-CHOISIR 4-9-04 Owner-Terry Wallace and Partners; Trainer-Paul Perry AUS; Jockey-Johnny Murtagh; SP-13/2
2ND-Airwave 3-8-08 Owner-Henry Candy and Partners; Trainer-Henry Candy; Jockey-Dane O’Neill; SP-11/8 Fav
3RD-Baron’s Pit 3-8-11 Owner-Jeff and Kath Thomas; Trainer-Richard Hannon; Jockey-Jimmy Fortune; SP-50/1
17 ran, Time-1m 12.23s Dist-½, 1

2002-WINNER-MALHUB 4-9-04 Owner-Hamdan Al Maktoum; Trainer-John Gosden; Jockey-Kevin Darley; SP-16/1
2ND-Danehurst 4-9-01 Owner-Cheveley Park Stud; Trainer-Sir Mark Prescott; Jockey-Seb Sanders; SP-13/2
3RD-Three Points 5-9-04 Owner-Godolphin; Trainer-Saeed bin Suroor; Jockey-Frankie Dettori; SP-4/1
12 ran, Time-1m 14.34s, Dist- 1½, ½ 3/1 Fav Johannesburg (9th)

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