Berkshire scrambles home
Berkshire followed up his Royal Ascot win with a hard-fought success in the Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket.
Paul Cole's juvenile made a huge impression when swooping from last to first to win the Chesham Stakes and had been off the track since.
Sent off the 11-8 joint-favourite with Mark Johnston's Somewhat, it was the two market leaders who fought out the finish.
After initially travelling well into the dip, Berkshire did not show the explosive acceleration that was evident at Ascot and Somewhat made him pull out all the stops, despite finishing behind him at the Royal meeting.
Jim Crowley managed to galvanise Berkshire to win by a neck, with the rank outsider Sir Jack Layden running a massive race in a close-up third.
The bookmakers were not overly impressed, with William Hill now going 12-1 about his 2000 Guineas chance while he is 20s from 25s for the Derby.
Crowley told Channel 4 Racing: "He's not run for three months and was a bit fresh early on. We've always said he wants a fast surface but he might not want it that quick.
"He's got the job done and he will be an even better three-year-old. He stayed the trip very well and I thought the ground was possibly on the fast side for him today. The second horse has clearly improved so that's good."
Cole said: "It was quite an exciting race. He looked a bit green and had not run for a long time. It can be quite hard for two-year-olds on their first run back after a long time off.
"I don't know (where he will run next) it's a bit early to say.
"He won't be having a busy time this year, he probably won't run again. He's a big horse and next year is going to be his year."