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Berkshire Blasts Home in Chesham
22/06/13

1 Berkshire 16/1
2 Bunker 11/4 Fav
3 Ihtimal 7/1
NR: Adeste Fideles (USA), Flying Author (IRE)
19 ran Distances: 2½l, 1½l, 4l
TIME 1m 28.46s (slow by 2.46s)

Berkshire ran out a convincing winner of the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Berkshire
© Caroline Norris

Berkshire

Trainer Paul Cole liked the leggy yearling by Mount Nelson so much at the sales he spent 60,000gns to buy him on spec.

That proved a shrewd piece of foresight, for the same colt – now named Berkshire – ran out an impressive winner of today’s Chesham Stakes in the colours of a long-standing patron of Cole’s yard, HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah. The Jim Crowley-ridden winner scored by two and a half lengths from Bunker, with Ihtimal a further one and a half lengths back in third.

Cole said: “I bought him on spec at the sales because I liked him so much. Right from the start he gave me a good feel.

“On his debut run at Newbury [when third] he was exposed too much and proved too keen – he did too much. He was drawn one there and 21 today, and we thought the same thing was going to happen, but he had a good jockey on who managed to get him in behind and switched off. Even then he could have done with being covered up a bit longer, but he made the right decision.

“I didn’t expect him to beat what looked a pretty classy field so easily.

“He’s a big horse and his dam, Kinnaird, trained on and got better at three, so I shouldn’t think you’ll see much more of him this year. One more run maybe, but I’ll speak to the Sultan.”

When asked about his last Royal Ascot winner – Mr Dinos in the Gold Cup 2003 – Cole quipped: “I’m too old to remember. But I know I’ve won this race four times.

“It’s fantastic to be in the winner’s enclosure anywhere, but especially at Royal Ascot.”

Jockey Jim Crowley predicted a big future for Berkshire after the colt won in impressive style.

“That was impressive. I was lucky enough to get the ride on Berkshire at Newbury but he led all the way that day and did everything back to front. We have always thought he was a lovely horse and he proved that today.

“I had a really bad draw to overcome because there were no horses to take me into the race and I was drawn next to a pair having their first starts. I got there sooner than I would have liked but he is a serious horse. He is physically imposing and will only get better with time. I think he’ll be a really nice middle-distance horse next season. He’s a serious horse.”

 

Chesham Stakes (Listed)
£60,000 added, 2yo only, 7f, Class 1
19 ran
Going: Good to Firm

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Berkshire
P F I Cole
Jim Crowley
9st 3lbs
16 - 1
Winner
2
Bunker
R Hannon
R Hughes
9st 3lbs
11 - 4
2 1/2 lengths
3
Ihtimal
S bin Suroor
S De Sousa
8st 12lbs
7 - 1
1 1/2 length
4
Somewhat
M Johnston
J Fanning
9st 3lbs
5 - 1
4 lengths
5
Lone Warrior
P D Evans
T P Queally
9st 3lbs
40 - 1
3/4 length
6
Tinga
M R Channon
M Harley
8st 12lbs
20 - 1
Head
7
Sir Jack Layden
D H Brown
J P Spencer
9st 3lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
8
Calrissian
A P Jarvis
K Fallon
9st 3lbs
50 - 1
Neck
9
Friendship
A P O'Brien
J P O'Brien
9st 3lbs
8 - 1
3/4 length
10
Shepherd Gate
J S Moore
W M Lordan
9st 3lbs
100 - 1
1/2 length
11
Scargill
B Ellison
R L Moore
9st 3lbs
40 - 1
1 1/4 length
12
Autumn Lily
S bin Suroor
William Buick
8st 12lbs
14 - 1
1 length
13
Street Force
C E Brittain
J Doyle
9st 3lbs
25 - 1
1/2 length
14
Bureau
M Johnston
G Lee
8st 12lbs
33 - 1
1/2 length
15
Master Carpenter
B R Millman
Andrea Atzeni
9st 3lbs
8 - 1
3 1/2 lengths
16
Freedom Square
J S Bolger
K J Manning
9st 3lbs
14 - 1
1 length
17
Know Your Name
P D Evans
William Carson
9st 3lbs
80 - 1
Head
18
Khee Society
P D Evans
A Kirby
9st 3lbs
100 - 1
1 length
19
Citizen Kaine
J Hughes
Catherine Gannon
9st 3lbs
100 - 1
Nose
NonRunner
Flying Author
P S McEntee
Kirsty Milczarek
9st 3lbs
-
NonRunner
Adeste Fideles
A P O'Brien
Non Runner
8st 12lbs
-
       

 

HANNON LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH BUNKER

The connections of 11/4 favourite Bunker were full of praise for Chesham Stakes winner Berkshire after he recorded a two-and-a-half length victory in the opening race at Royal Ascot this afternoon.

The twice-raced son of Hurricane Run ran a race full of promise but he couldn’t quite master the winner and trainer Richard Hannon thinks there is much more to come from his two-year-old colt.

“I don’t know if the draw has made the difference but the winner has won it well,” said Hannon.

“He must be a very smart horse because I know ours is. He’ll definitely improve again and he’ll be a very nice horse one day.

“I’m very happy with the run but maybe this came a bit too soon for him.”

Saeed bin Suroor was another trainer with an eye on the future following the performance of 7/1 shot Ihtimal, who finished a further length-and-a-half back in third.

“She’s a nice filly and she tries very hard,” said bin Suroor.

“She wasn’t quite up there in the last two furlongs but I was very happy with the way she finished the race.

“She should improve a lot for this and will be a nice filly for the future.”

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