• Royal Ascot, day five

Lethal Force calls the tune in Diamond Jubilee

ESPN staff
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Lethal Force was too quick for his rivals © PA Photos
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Lethal Force showed devastating speed to land the Diamond Jubilee Stakes on the final day of Royal Ascot.

Adam Kirby gunned Clive Cox's charge out of the stalls and his mount never saw another rival as he blitzed the field and stayed on powerfully to fend off Society Rock who came with a late charge but was not able to reel in the winner.

"I'm thrilled for everyone, the owner, the team at home. He's special, we always hoped he was, and Adam is such a brilliant rider. When he sent him he was explosive, this is so special to me," Cox told Channel Four Racing.

Thomas Chippendale landed the Hardwicke Stakes in thrilling fashion, but the win had a sad postscript as the Lady Cecil-trained colt collapsed and died shortly after passing the line.

The Group Two contest was an incident-packed affair, as leader Ektihaam slipped on the bend and unshipped jockey Paul Hanagan. At the business end, Thomas Chippendale swept to the front turning for home and fended off the challenge of Dandino to land the prize - before sadly collapsing shortly after the winning post.

Berkshire handed trainer Paul Cole his first Royal Ascot winner in a decade when powering away from the well touted Bunker to land the Chesham Stakes in the style of a top-class colt.

Jamie Spencer brought York Glory with a well-timed run to land the Wokingham Stakes for trainer Kevin Ryan, while Sir Michael Stoute-trained Opinion romped home in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.

In the final race of the day, Chiberta edged favourite Shahwardi.

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