Berkshire to run in Royal Lodge at Newmarket

Paul Cole's exciting two-year-old Berkshire will not run in Thursday's Group 3 Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket, with Saturday's Group 2 Juddmonte Royal Lodge – at the same course – preferred.

Berkshire, third on debut at Newbury, has not been seen since his rampant display at Royal Ascot on only his second start career start and Connections of the Chesham Stakes winner report the Mount Nelson colt to be in fine form ahead of the Group Two contest over a mile.

Explaining the decision to miss the Tattersall Stakes, trainer Paul Cole said: "The Royal Lodge will suit him better, and it's worth £60,000 more. He wants fast ground and hopefully it will have dried out by the weekend."

"He definitely goes to the Royal Lodge. The horse seems to be in the form of his life," said Cole's son and assistant, Oliver.

"He'll do his final bit of work tomorrow and he'll be ready to go. The logic behind going for the Royal Lodge is that he's started to settle at home.

"You could see in the Chesham he wasn't stopping even after the line so he should get the trip and he should put up a good performance. He's ready to rock and roll."

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