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Berkshire - Royal Ascot 22/06/2013

Berkshire: won the Chesham Stakes by two and a half lengths

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Berkshire to run in Royal Lodge on Saturday

IMPRESSIVE Chesham Stakes winner 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 running away with the Chesham at Royal Ascot on only his second start.

While he hasn't raced since several of the beaten horses have come out and franked the form, with the second, third and fourth winning two Listed races, a Group 3 and Group 2 between them.

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."

The Royal Lodge, over 1m, is a furlong further than the Tattersall Stakes and only nine horses stood their ground at the five-day confirmation stage. Bunker and Somewhat, second and fourth in the Chesham, are among the main dangers.

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