Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lethal's Ready to Knock 'Em Dead

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Lethal's Ready to Knock 'Em Dead

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STAR SPRINTER Lethal Force will bid for more toplevel glory in the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock.

Clive Cox's grey has excelled this season with devastating victories in the Golden Jubliee Stakes and July Cup.

The four-year-old was then a valiant second to the classy Moonlight Cloud in the Prix Maurice De Gheest at Deauville.

Despite his magnificent form, Lethal Force has been a drifter in the betting this week due to the threat of soft ground.

It is also notable that July Cup winners have a poor record in the Sprint Cup with only Dream Ahead completing the double since 1993.

However, Royal Ascot victors tend to go well in this Group 1 contest which is a major boost to Lethal Force's chances.

Gordon Lord Byron has finished first or second in half of his 30 races and showed his liking for heavy ground when winning last year's Prix De La Foret at Longchamp.

Tom Hogan's gelding was just under a length behind Lethal Force in the Prix Maurice de Gheest but seems to be at his best over seven furlongs.

Slade Power could go well with a decent break but would have to improve to trouble the leading contenders.

Heeraat is clearly talented and was a close second behind subsequent Nunthorpe winner Jwala at York in July.

However, he is at his best on a firm surface and is unlikely to relish a protracted battle over six furlongs.

Richard Fahey's progressive Garswood will relish any cut in the ground and has been in great form over seven furlongs.

The three-year-old has Ryan Moore in the saddle today and could gain his first win at the highest level.

Soul is a known mudlark and could be good each-way value at odds of around 33-1 if the ground turns heavy.

He was a fine fourth to Black Caviar at Royal Ascot last year and landed a Group 3 event on heavy going at Newbury.

LETHAL FORCE (3.50) is very difficult to oppose this afternoon and should gain his third Group 1 victory of the season while Soul could run into a place at a decent price.

Mark Johnston has landed the Old Borough Cup four times in the last decade but his runners Oriental Fox and Scatter Dice both look thoroughly exposed. …

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