Lethal Force grabbed an early lead and never relinquished it to win the 2013 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot. Favorite Society Rock finished second, and long shot Krypton Factor rounded out the top three in the day's feature race.
Two separate groups formed out of the starting gate. When they merged into one huge pack, it appeared that Lethal Force's lead was in serious danger. But the colt found another gear and charged away from the field to secure the marquee victory.
Let's take a look at the race payouts and a complete order of finish for the Group 1 race, followed by a recap of the action.
Race Payouts (via BBC)
Complete Order of Finish (via Racing Post)
|4||Gordon Lord Byron|
Lethal Force's late kick won him the race. A lot of credit goes to jockey Adam Kirby, who helped set a reasonable pace after the quick start and then called for the second burst at the perfect time. It marks Kirby's second Royal Ascot victory.
Favored Society Rock attempted to rally late with a strong charge of his own. He made up enough ground to finish second, but there just wasn't enough time in the six-furlong race to catch Lethal Force. Still a solid showing, though.
The win was also a measure of revenge for Lethal Force. He finished second to Society Rock in the Duke of York Stakes the last time out. A good rivalry between the two has developed.
Many of the other top contenders failed to make an impact. Gordon Lord Byron finished fourth, but he was never a threat. Sea Siren couldn't handle the late pace and glided into eighth. And Mince was a total non-factor, finishing a distant 16th.
Krypton Factor was the biggest surprise of the group. In his first race in nearly three months, he showed no signs of rust to earn third place. It marks the fourth straight time he's finished inside the top three, but he hasn't won since last March.
In the end, it was Lethal Force's day to shine. The Irish-bred horse was clearly the best horse on the course Saturday, and he earned the win with a near-perfect trip. It would have taken an extraordinary performance for Society Rock or another horse to beat him.
A win at Royal Ascot becomes the biggest accomplishment of Lethal Force's career.