Berkshire followed up his Chesham Stakes success with victory in the Group Two Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket, but it was hardly achieved in a matter reminiscent of his glorious Royal Ascot success.
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As expected it was Somewhat, the 11/8 joint-favourite with the winner, who cut out the pace in the early stages and it was far from a frantic pace, meaning that Berkshire raced a little freely for the first couple of furlongs.
Getting into a better rhythm, Jim Crowley brought the winner through travelling strongly to throw down his challenge on the wing of the five-runner field from the two-furlong pol.
But although he knuckled down for the fight, Berkshire didn't appear entirely at ease on the good to firm ground and he gave his tail a few swishes before edging past to score by a neck.
Rank outsider Sir Jack Layden was close up in third, casting further doubt over the merit of the performance, however connections of the winner could still feel a sense of relief that Berkshire had - to some extent - lived up to expectations.
Trainer Paul 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."
Winning rider 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."
Sky Bet left the winner's odds unchanged at 14/1 for the 2000 Guineas and 25/1 for next year's Derby.
Trainer Mark Johnston was upbeat despite seeing Somewhat go down by a head, saying: "He has done nothing wrong, really. Gerald (Mosse) said it wasn't quite the way he would've wanted it, having to take on the Sheikh Hamdan horse (Washaar) earlier than he would have liked to. He got drawn into that.
"He thought the ground was possibly a little bit quick for him, but there were other little factors. Despite that, he ran a great race."
The Racing Post Trophy is a potential target for the colt, as it is for the winner.