09/03/2013 11:23AM

Lethal Force to stand at Cheveley Park Stud


Lethal Force, a multiple Group 1-winning sprinter, has been purchased by Cheveley Park Stud and will begin his stallion career at the English farm in 2014.

The 4-year-old son of Dark Angel will remain in training with Clive Cox for the remainder of this year, and he will continue to race under the colors of Alan Craddock, Racing Post reports. Lethal Force is entered in Saturday’s Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup at Haydock Park.

"We are delighted to have secured such an imposing and impressive athlete as Lethal Force, whose many qualities complement our portfolio of stallions in every way, especially as he is an exciting alternative outcross whom we look forward to supporting with our own broodmares,” Chevely Park Stud Managing Director Chris Richardson told Racing Post.

Bred in Ireland by Declan Johnson, Lethal Force was Grade 2-placed as a 3-year-old, and then emerged as one of Europe’s elite sprinters this year as a 4-year-old. His 2013 campaign began with a runner-up effort in the Group 2 Duke of York Clipper Logistics Stakes. He then scored the biggest win of his career in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee stakes at the Royal Ascot meet. Lethal Force followed up with a win in the Group 1 Darley July Cup and most recently raced in France, where he finished second in the Group 1 Larc Prix Maurice de Gheest.

"Rated 130 by Timeform, Lethal Force is the highest-rated sprinter to retire to stud in recent years, offering British breeders a wonderful opportunity for their mares," Richardson said.

Lethal Force is out of the Desert Style mare Land Army, who has produced two winners from three foals to race. He is from the family of 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Flotilla, as well as Group 2 winner Family One and Grade 3 winner Louvain.

A stud fee will be announced at a later date.