Cox plays it cool with Force
Trainer Clive Cox is keen to let the dust settle following Lethal Force's disappointing display in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock before committing to future targets.
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The flying grey has enjoyed a fantastic run this summer, clinching Group One honours in the Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket.
He was a 5/2 favourite to complete the hat-trick on Merseyside last weekend, but pre-race concerns about ease in the ground proved well founded as he trailed home ninth of the 13-strong field.
Cox said: "At this stage I'm very happy with him. We've obviously been very gentle with him since Saturday, but he seems fine.
"I think it's a bit early to say (where he will run next). I want to give him a couple of weeks before we come to any conclusions."
Cox was due to be double-handed in the Haydock Group One, but was forced to withdraw Reckless Abandon after he suffered a hamstring problem.
"He is making progress, but again, I want to wait a little longer before we make any plans for him," said the Lambourn handler.
"We'll be observant and make sure everything is absolutely fine before we commit to anything."