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Berkshire on the easy list

Paul Cole's stable star Berkshire will not return to action until at least the backend of the season after undergoing colic surgery.

The three-year-old looked an exciting prospect after winning two of his three starts as a juvenile, but was disappointing on his return to action in last month's Greenham Stakes at Newbury.

It did not take long for a problem to come to light and connections are keen to give the youngster plenty of time to get over his ordeal.

Cole's son and assistant Ollie said: "Berkshire had something called an enterolith, which is a piece of cloth which he swallowed. He probably ripped it off his rug.

"He swallowed it down and minerals and everything go around this enterolith and it ends up being grapefruit-sized. Then he had to have a colic operation.

"At the moment he's fine, everything has gone well and we're hoping to bring him back in a month's time."

Asked whether Berkshire could race again this season, Cole told At The Races: "Maybe in October.

"They said the enterolith could have been there for a couple of months, so we will wipe the Greenham out and start again."