Lethal Force proved his sprinting credentials beyond a doubt by leading from start to finish in Saturday’s July Cup, smashing the course record in the process.
However, it wasn’t just the Alan Craddock-owned colt who made an impression. Fellow Irish horses Society Rock and Slade Power also boosted their reputations.
Are the three of them destined for great things? Let’s take a closer look.
Lethal Force, First Place
We can’t start with anyone else. The gray colt exploded out the Newmarket gate and galloped away from the field with ease. Jockey Adam Kirkby steered Lethal Force towards the inside rail and had the race under control from the first furlong.
The colt has 11 top-three finishes in 14 starts, and if he can continue in this fashion, more wins will follow. Kirkby has guided Lethal Force impressively, but it remains to be seen how the horse will respond to being penned in and whether he can launch a late attack. Currently we only know he’s an impressive front-runner.
Society Rock, Second Place
Society Rock must be sick of the sight of Lethal Force. The pair were reunited on the racecourse just weeks after the latter had claimed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes at the former’s expense.
But if regular jockey Kieren Fallon can’t negotiate past the sprint sensation in their next showdown, then Society Rock will have to settle for being a good horse and nothing more.
Slade Power, Third Place
Slade Power ran a superb tactical race to claim third. The four-year-old sat behind Lethal Force, sticking with the pace before finding something extra on the line to pip Shea Shea.
The 16-1 outsider has returned to form since finishing well adrift at Royal Ascot, and a win two weeks ago in the Woodies D.I.Y. Sapphire Stakes at Curragh highlighted his potential.