Saturday, Newbury, Britain
BETFRED HUNGERFORD S.-G2
, £90,000, Newbury, 8-18, 3yo/up, 7fT, 1:22.96, gd/fm.
1--#@LETHAL FORCE (IRE), 124, c, 3, by Dark Angel (Ire)
1st Dam: Land Army (Ire), by Desert Style (Ire)
2nd Dam: Family At War, by Explodent
3rd Dam: Sometimes Perfect, by Bold Bidder
(€9,500 wnlg '09 GOFNOV; €8,500 yrl '10 TATSEP). O-Alan G Craddock; B-Declan Johnson; T-Clive Cox; J-Adam Kirby; £51,039. Lifetime Record: 10-2-3-2, £80,730. Werk Nick Rating: A+ Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 129, c, 4, Rahy
--Helwa, by Silver Hawk. ($27,000 wnlg '08 KEENOV; £40,000 yrl '09 ST AUG). O-Qatar Racing Limited; B-McDowell Farm, Gainsborough Farm LLC & Robert N Clay; T-Richard Hannon; £19,350.
, 126, f, 4, Dubai Destination--Alasha (Ire), by Barathea (Ire). O-H H Aga Khan; B-H H The Aga Khan's Studs SC; T-John Oxx; £9,684.
Margins: NK, 1HF, HF. Odds: 25-1, 9-4, 9-1.
Also Ran: Majestic Myles (Ire), Pastoral Player (GB), Soul (Aus), Red Jazz, Edinburgh Knight (Ire), Libranno (GB). Scratched: Chachamaidee (Ire).Click for the Racing Post chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. Video, courtesy Racing UK.
Lethal Force was fourth in the G2 Coventry S. at Royal Ascot last June and G2 Vintage S. at Goodwood a month later, after which he was put on the shelf until returning to break his maiden by nine lengths over six furlongs at Bath Apr. 20. Kept at that trip for his next two starts, the grey was held up when second in the Listed Carnarvon S. here May 18, and met traffic problems when third in the Listed Sandy Lane S. at Haydock June 2. Again held on to in the early stages of the G3 Jersey S. over this trip, he was fourth in that Royal Ascot contest June 20, but looked to be stagnating when only second at 4-6 in a seven-furlong conditions event back at Haydock last time July 21. Sent into a clear lead from the outset in first-time blinkers here, he was still traveling easily for Adam Kirby approaching the final quarter mile as his rivals started to be shaken up in his wake. Kept up to his work late on as Strong Suit made more labored progress than usual, he clung on to his diminishing lead to cause the upset. "He's quite a good horse on his day and as he appreciates a good strong gallop, we've always tried to settle him in behind," Kirby said. "Today, we didn't think there was much pace in the race, and if he popped and was in fron,t we decided we'd do our own thing and I was going plenty quick enough. He can lay up over five and also get a mile, and the blinkers helped him concentrate--he's not ungenuine at all, but he just knew what he was here for today."