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Newbury

  • 15:05 Betfred Hungerford Stakes 7f

  • (Group 2) (Str) £90,000 added 3yo+ 9 ran
  • Winner £51,039 2nd £19,350 3rd £9,684 4th £4,824
  • Going: Good to Firm
  • Surface: Turf
    Weighed In
  • Winning time: 1m 22.96s
  • Off time: 15:05:45

Force too strong in Hungerford

Trainer hails amazing week

Last Updated: 18/08/12 6:32pm

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Clive Cox: Lethal Force continued fine run

Clive Cox: Lethal Force continued fine run

Lethal Force was a shock winner of the Betfred Hungerford Stakes at Newbury under an enterprising ride from Adam Kirby.

The 25-1 chance, continuing the fine run of Clive Cox's stable, raced into a clear lead through the early stages and never saw an another rival.

Ryan Moore was sitting noticeably still on Strong Suit (9-4) two furlongs out but soon tried to reel the leader in.

However try as he might, and Richard Hannon's charge did get to within a head of the winner at the line, he could never quite get there.

Alanza (9-1) was another doing her best work at the finish in third.

Kirby said: "He's quite a smart horse. There didn't seem to be that much speed in the race and he lengthened really well. He's battled well."

Cox added: "The horses are in great form. He's got a lot of class and when they cut him a bit of slack halfway I was concerned for them, rather than ourselves."

"It's been an amazing week for us with a winner a day. This race is very special to us as we won it before with Balthazaar's Gift in 2009. If he's OK we will look at the Park Stakes at Doncaster.

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