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Lethal Force Newmarket 13.7.13

Lethal Force landing the July Cup at Newmarket last week

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Cox keen on Australian raid with Lethal Force

LETHAL FORCE, who has emerged as one of the world's leading sprinters this summer, is likely to bid for a third Group 1 win in next month's Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville, which trainer Clive Cox hopes will lead to a trip down under for a crack at some of Australia's valuable sprints.

The son of Dark Angel landed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot before adding the July Cup to his cv with an impressive success at Newmarket last week.

His next race will be the 6½f Maurice de Gheest on August 4.

"That would be our first intended step from here, but as long as that all goes well then we'd have time for a healthy freshen up before considering heading over," said Cox, speaking to Melbourne-based radio station RSN.

"I admire the way you guys run your racing and the prize-money clearly is very much better than it is in the UK at the moment.

"My owners Robin and Alan Craddock, a father-and-son team, are very keen to explore that as well. It's obviously a long way to come and obviously the horse's wellbeing is key to making any decisions, but at this moment in time we are giving it every possible consideration and are keen to give it a go."

Lethal Force is eligible for a A$600,000 bonus if he wins the Patinack Farm Classic, which carries a winning prize of the same amount, at Flemington on November 9.

The Group 1 Sportingbet Manikato Stakes could also be on the four-year-old's agenda.

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