Berkshire takes up stud duty in France
Dual Group winner is by growing dual-purpose force Mount Nelson
Dual Group winner Berkshire has been retired and will take up covering duty at Haras de Sorelis in Pau, France, in a deal brokered by Richard Venn Bloodstock.
The seven-year-old, trained by Paul Cole for Sultan Ahmed Shah, took the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot on his second start at two and later that season also landed the Royal Lodge Stakes to put himself in the Classic picture.
Unfortunately he met with a setback in the spring of his three-year-old season but was back with a bang at the end of that term when he defeated Mutakayyef and Air Pilot to win the Darley Stakes.
He was kept in training despite missing his four-year-old season and his best subsequent effort was a victory in the Listed August Stakes at Windsor aged five.
Berkshire is by Mount Nelson - sire of top sprinter Librisa Breeze on the Flat but also making a name for himself as a jumps sire through the likes of Cheltenham Festival scorer Penhill - out of Prix de l'Opera heroine Kinnaird.
His trainer's son Ollie Cole said: "Berkshire is an exceptionally good-looking horse. He was very good at two, as we saw at Royal Ascot and then at Newmarket in the Royal Lodge.
"As a three-year-old if he did not have a setback he could have been a proper Group 1 contender, and he still came back to win at the end of that season."
Berkshire will stand at a fee of €2,500 live foal, with reductions for AQPS and Anglo-Arab mares, alongside German Group 1 winner Scalo.
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