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Lethal Force - Royal Ascot - 22.06.13

Lethal Force: has left Clive Cox and will join Cheveley Park Stud

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'Amazing' Lethal Force has been retired to stud

TWO-TIME Group 1-winning sprinter Lethal Force will not race again this season as he has been retired to stud at Cheveley Park.

The four-year-old son of Dark Angel has left trainer Clive Cox's yard and Cox is hopeful Lethal Force can transfer the success he enjoyed on the track to his new career as a stallion.

"He has left us for Cheveley Park where I'm sure he will be successful at stud but he was just the most amazing horse to train," said his trainer. "He was a special part of everything we are trying to do here and he will be impossible to replace."

Lethal Force enjoyed a successful season as a four-year-old, landing the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and the July Cup at Newmarket en route to becoming the the highest-rated sprinter in the British Champions Series rankings.

Cox added: "He has enjoyed a quite brilliant season and I couldn't have asked for anything more from him.

"He was an extremely exciting horse to train and gave us some unbelievable moments - moments we are unlikely to have again - and when he broke the course record in the July Cup, that was so much more than just a normal win. It is an honourable moment we will cherish forever."

It was expected Lethal Force would be retired at the end of the season but despite Cox admitting there was an opportunity to run his stable star at the Breeders' Cup, the trainer believed it was the right to retire him.

"We had initially considered running him in the Breeders' Cup but we felt like now was the right time and we all wish him well and will look forward to seeing what he produces as a stallion," Cox added.

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