Cheveley Park snap up Lethal Force
Lethal Force will retire to stud at the end of the season after being purchased by Cheveley Park Stud.
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The four-year-old won the Group Two Hungerford Stakes last term but has really come of age this season, dropping back to six furlongs to win the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket.
Lethal Force was last seen finishing second to Moonlight Cloud in the six-and-a-half-furlong Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville last month and is the ante-post favourite for Saturday's Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.
Cheveley Park have confirmed the son of Dark Angel will continue to race in the colours of his current owner Alan Craddock and will stay with trainer Clive Cox for the remainder of the season.
Chris Richardson, managing director of Cheveley Park, said: "We are delighted to have secured such an imposing and impressive athlete as Lethal Force, whose many qualities complement our portfolio of stallions in every way, especially as he is an exciting alternative outcross whom we look forward to supporting with our own broodmares.
"Rated 130 by Timeform, Lethal Force is the highest-rated sprinter to retire to stud in recent years, offering British breeders a wonderful opportunity for their mares."