Berkshire handed overseas option

Connections of former Royal Ascot winner Berkshire have hinted he may be dropped back in trip in a bid to get his career back on track.

Oliver Cole, assistant trainer to his father Paul Cole

Having finished second in a Listed contest on his penultimate start, the Paul Cole-trained five-year-old failed to make any impact upped to a mile and a half for the first time in a Group Three at Glorious Goodwood on his most recent outing.

While another try over 12 furlongs is not being ruled out for the 2013 Chesham Stakes winner, a return to a mile and quarter appears most likely with the Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor on August 27 and the Prix Gontaut-Biron at Deauville on August 15 both possible targets.

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Cole’s son and assistant Oliver said: “With hindsight, we blamed the ground at Goodwood first time out being too firm but it wasn’t too firm last time. He just didn’t like the track.

“At the same time it was quite disappointing. We went into the race quite confident as he has been working so well. These things happen though.

“We wouldn’t be afraid to try him at a mile and a half again, although he is in a mile-and-a-quarter Group Three at Windsor and a Group Three over the same trip in France.

“It could be France or it might be Windsor. We don’t want it firm. It would have to be be good ground for him to run in either.”

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