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Berkshire (Jim Crowley, right) Newmarket 28.9.13

Berkshire (right): Saturday workout could determine Guineas participation

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Guineas bid not ruled out for Berkshire

BERKSHIRE, who failed to settle in the Greenham and finished 19 lengths adrift of winner Kingman in ninth, could yet make the Qipco 2,000 Guineas field.

Last year's Chesham and Royal Lodge winner pulled too hard at Newbury, but will have a workout at trainer Paul Cole's Whatcombe base on Saturday to determine whether he will go for the Newmarket Classic on May 3.


A quote on Cole's website read: "Berkshire has come out the Greenham well, we could see his chances were doomed as soon as he came out the stalls in front and started pulling and he was never going to get home.

"Last year first time out he did the same at Newbury, had no cover pulled and ran out of steam. He will do a bit of work on Saturday on our Woolley Down grass gallop for the first time this year and he will go the full distance.

"We are obviously hoping the race would have brought him on mentally and if we are happy with his work on Saturday a tilt at the Guineas is not out of the question. We would hope for a fast pace which would suit us."

Berkshire is as big as 40-1 for the 2,000 Guineas, for which Greenham winner Kingman is the 11-10 favourite.

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