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Winsili wins from Thistle Bird Goodwood 3.8.13

Winsili winning the Nassau Stakes from Thistle Bird at Glorious Goodwood

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Winsili camp confirm Breeders' Cup plan

WINSILI will attempt to give owner-breeder Khalid Abdullah a fourth triumph in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf after connections described the Santa Anita race as the "ultimate aim" for Saturday's shock Nassau Stakes winner.

The John Gosden-trained three-year-old was fourth in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, but bounced back in style, landing the Nassau - which Abdullah won three times with Midday - at 20-1.

The leading owner had more to celebrate with Hot Snap - trained by Lady Cecil - finishing two and a quarter lengths back in third.

"We were very happy with the result," said Teddy Grimthorpe, Abdullah's long-serving racing manager.

"Everything went better than expected.

"We'd always had a good opinion of Winsili. She didn't stay in the Ribblesdale and we reverted to the Nassau which was very satisfactory.

"Hot Snap was a bit slowly away and didn't really handle the hill, but when she got clear she ran on well and we were absolutely delighted."

Abdullah's three previous Filly & Mare Turf wins came courtesy of Midday (2009), Intercontinental (2005) and Banks Hill (2001) and Grimthorpe is eyeing more glory.

"We have to think about it," he added, speaking to At The Races. "Winsili's not got a lot of miles on the clock. She's not big, but is quite robust and likes to be kept busy.

"I think the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf will possibly be the main aim bearing in mind the mile-and-a-half races like the Yorkshire Oaks, Vermeille and the race at Ascot on Champions Day are out.

"The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare will be the ultimate aim, whether we take in something like the Prix de l'Opera on the way we'll discuss.

Khalid Abdullah

Khalid Abdullah: enjoyed another big-race success in the Nassau

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"There is also the Romanet at Deauville, but that might come too soon."

Hot Snap could bid to reverse form with Winsili in some of those races.

Grimthorpe said: "She would appreciate a bit more cut in the ground and the Opera could be her thing. There are interesting options for both of them."

Grimthorpe, who also revealed it was likely the pair would stay in training next year, ruled out the possibility of supplementing either for the Juddmonte International Stakes at York's Ebor meeting this month.

He said: "I don't think so. We'll keep them to their own sex - the programme is good enough. Those things are options for next year."

Two of Abdullah's Ladbrokes St Leger contenders were also in action at Glorious Goodwood with Excess Knowledge finishing second in the Gordon Stakes and Retirement Plan winning a 1m3f handicap.

"Excess Knowledge was a bit unlucky and we'll look at the Great Voltigeur at York, although he could go straight to the St Leger," said Grimthorpe.

"We'll look at the Melrose for Retirement Plan - he's still on a learning curve."

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