Lethal Force ran a brilliant race on Saturday at Ascot Racecourse in England, winning the 2013 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, via BBC Sport:
Lethal Force wins Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot #RoyalAscot— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 22, 2013
2011 Jubilee Stakes winner Society Rock was the odds-on favorite coming in at 4-1, but he wasn't able to win for a second time, coming up short for the second straight year after finishing second behind Lethal Force.
Krypton Factor placed in third, overcoming long odds to beat out Gordon Lord Byron and round out the top finishers on Saturday.
Here, we'll break down the results, payouts and earnings for each horse.
2013 Diamond Jubilee Stakes Results
|4||Gordon Lord Byron||15-2||£26,800|
|Lethal Force||£13.00 ||£3.90|
Despite finishing second to Society Rock in his most recent outing prior to Saturday at the 2013 Duke of York Stakes, Lethal Force looked every bit the horse to beat in the Royal Ascot this weekend.
The Clive Cox-trained colt nearly saw Society Rock come back to steal the win, but he was able to hold onto the lead to pick up a memorable victory by two lengths, per Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh:
Lethal Force a convincing winner of G1 Diamond Jubilee. Favored Society Rock 2nd. Dubai hero Krypton Factor a fine 3rd. #royalascot— Marcus Hersh (@DRFHersh) June 22, 2013
There wasn't a better way for Lethal Force to pickup his first win of the year.
A past champion at this event, Society Rock came in as the horse to beat after winning the 2013 Duke of York Stakes last month.
Sure, trainer James Fanshawe will be disappointed that Society Rock didn't have enough left in the tank to make history on Saturday. But, in time, that disappointment will turn to pride for a six-year-old racehorse that has picked up some impressive victories over the course of his career.
And unlike fellow favorite Sea Siren, Society Rock stepped up and ran a respectable race on Saturday, proving worthy of his champion label.
Despite facing some long odds prior to the start of Saturday's Royal Ascot event, Fawzi Nass' Krypton Factor ran a strong race and upset top contenders like Sea Siren and Gordon Lord Byron.
Perhaps we should have seen this coming, however, as Krypton Factor had posted three consecutive top-three finishes in 2013 prior to the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. He even finished second at the Grade III Mahab Al Shimaal back in March.
Those who were bold enough to go out on a limb and bet on Nass' five-year-old gelding this weekend will be pleased, as their courage paid off.
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