John Gosden: trainer looks to have a smart filly in WinsiliPICTURE: Sam Lawrie (racingpost.com/photos)
Swettenham goes the way of exciting Winsili
Report: Newbury, Saturday
Swettenham Stud Fillies' Trial Stakes (Listed) 1m2f, 3yo fillies
FILLIES played a significant part last year in John Gosden's first trainers championship and in Winsili he seems to have another capable of potentially landing Group honours as the season progresses.
Entries in the Ribblesdale and Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot suggest Gosden suspected the Khalid Abdullah-owned three-year-old could be up to that class, and she delivered in a style that didn't just keep the dream alive, rather it sparked greater ambition.
A three and a half length victory on her racecourse debut, over 7f at Newmarket, saw her step up to conditions company, where a second behind subsequent Listed winner and Group 3-placed Lovely Pass.
That convinced connections she had enough ability to be worth supplementing for the Group 1 Fillies' Mile last year, which she missed through lameness.
In need of the experience, and wearing a hood,Winsili was settled in second by William Buick, tracking the slow early pace and showing by far the most explosive turn of foot when the sprint for home eventually started.
"Everything was very straightforward and she showed a nice turn of foot. For a small field they went a good enough pace and she quickened well," said Buick.
An eased down two and a quarter length victory over Cruck Realta, who travelled best of the rest, did not totally convey the class edge she appeared to possess over her rivals and as the season progresses Winsili could go on to enhance the already superb reputation of the Swettenham.
Eswarah won this race in 2005 before going on to win the Oaks. The 2010 winner Principal Role was sent off joint-favourite for the Ribblesdale on her next start, while in 2011 the first and second Izzi Top and Dancing Rain finished third and first respectively in the Oaks. Last year's runner-up Shirocco Star was second at Epsom while the third Starscope was second in the Coronation Stakes on her next start.