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Greenham Stakes key to Berkshire destiny

Last Updated: 02/04/14 4:09pm

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Berkshire (right): Greenham aim for Classic hope

Berkshire (right): Greenham aim for Classic hope

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Berkshire is set to kick off his three-year-old campaign in the Aon Greenham Stakes at Newbury on Saturday week.

How he fares there in the Group Three contest over seven furlongs will give connections an idea of what direction to steer him for the rest of the season.

The Paul Cole-trained colt was a talented youngster, winning the Chesham and Royal Lodge Stakes on the last two of his three starts.

At the moment he holds entries in the Qipco 2000 Guineas, the Betfred Dante Stakes and the Investec Derby.

"We are keeping all our options open with Berkshire. He is well entered up and we are keeping an open mind," said Cole's son and assistant, Oliver.

"The plan is to run him in the Greenham at Newbury and see from there. Running at Newbury should get the freshness out of him and we will know more then.

"On pedigree, a mile and a quarter is likely to be his optimum but we'll see.

"Physically he has done well. He has grown a little and strengthened. He seems in good form and we are happy with him."

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