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Berkshire reappears in Royal Lodge Stakes

Updated: Friday, 27 Sep 2013 21:08 | Comments

Berkshire was one of the most impressive winners of the week at Royal Ascot
Berkshire was one of the most impressive winners of the week at Royal Ascot

Berkshire stakes his claim for top two-year-old honours when he faces four rivals in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday.

The reappearance of the Paul Cole-trained colt is eagerly awaited, such was the impression he created when winning the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot, form which has a very solid look to it given the subsequent efforts of the three horses immediately behind him.

Connections have been in no rush since the Royal meeting, deliberately waiting for the autumn and bypassing the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster due to ground concerns.

He tries a mile for the first time in a race back in the limelight after Frankel's 10-length demolition job in 2010.

Cole's son and assistant Oliver said: "We decided to go for the Royal Lodge as you saw in the Chesham he finishes his races very well, so we thought the mile might suit him. He's bred to stay a bit further and in his final bit of work at the weekend he settled and we thought we wouldn't be shy to take the mile on.

"I don't think there'll be any problems as far as stamina is concerned. He finished well over seven furlongs in the Chesham and is crying out for a mile.

"We've been pleased with him all along, there's been no hiccups touch wood. He was just slightly immature at Ascot and we decided to give him time.

"You'll see on Saturday he's developed into a fine, strong horse."

Explaining why Berkshire swerved Doncaster, Cole told Sky Sports Radio: "We got him ready for Doncaster but the ground went against him, he's more than ready now and we're happy with the way he's been going

"You can never be confident in this game, but he is in good form and conditions should be right for him. I'd say we've got him as well as we can here anyway.

"Seeing how he runs, the Dewhurst could be the next race - that's what Frankel did, go from a mile to seven furlongs. I'd doubt we'd go for the Racing Post Trophy as it's too late on in the season and the ground could be a question mark up there."

Reopposing is Mark Johnston's Chesham fourth Somewhat, who arrives on the back of a smart success of his own over Be Ready in the Washington Singer at Newbury, the merit of which has also been well advertised.

Aidan O'Brien's Kingfisher represents Irish interests under Ryan Moore, with the Salisbury Listed race winner Washaar carrying the hopes of Richard Hannon.

Sir Jack Layden, fourth in a Doncaster handicap on his latest start, completes the field for David Brown.

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