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Lethal Force - Royal Ascot - 22.06.13

Lethal Force: enormity of that task does not worry jockey Kirby

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Kirby confident Lethal Force can land July Cup

ADAM KIRBY believes that Lethal Force has a solid chance of bagging a second Group 1 win in three weeks when the four-year-old tackles some of the world's top sprinters in Saturday's Darley July Cup at Newmarket.

Not only will Lethal Force be taking on the two horses who finished closest to him in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, Society Rock and Krypton Factor, he is also due to clash with King's Stand Stakes first and second, Sole Power and Shea Shea, and another Royal Ascot winner in the shape of Gale Force Ten.

The enormity of that task does not worry Kirby though, and he had no doubts about staying loyal to Lethal Force as opposed to riding his Clive Cox-trained stablemate Reckless Abandon.

"I have to stick with him, he's a lovely horse, he's uncomplicated and one I always look forward to," the jockey said.

"I'm not saying he definitely will, but there's no reason why he can't win. I think he held a bit back at Ascot so I think there's still more to come."

Reckless Abandon finished two and a half lengths behind Sole Power under Kirby at Ascot and he continued: "They're both very well and it'll be a good day. They're proper Group 1 horses, Reckless [Abandon] is still only three and taking on the older horses which is hard for him, he ran a massive race at Ascot."

John Gosden is very much aware of the tough task facing Elusive Kate in Friday's Group 1 Etihad Airways Falmouth Stakes.

"It's the smallest and most exclusive Group 1 you can get. Sky Lantern would be the obvious favourite," he said.

"She put up a stupendous performance in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot and will be very much the one to beat.

"But we are in there with Elusive Kate and then there's a certain filly called Duntle, who won the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot, so it's a very smart field, and Giofra may well come over from France. So, we couldn't get a more elite field than that."

Half an inch of water will be applied to the whole of the July course on Wednesday as the heatwave continues. 

Newmarket director of racing Michael Prosser said on Tuesday: "We put down half an inch on Monday and plan to do the same tomorrow. That should hold us in good stead."

The ground was described as good to firm.

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