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YORK DANTE FESTIVAL PREVIEW | The Group 3 Musidora Stakes

Several Oaks prospects clash in the Musidora Stakes at York on Wednesday

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The flat festivals keep coming thick and fast for racing fans, with the three-day Dante Festival next up this week at York.

The three-day event kicks off on Wednesday, with the Group 3 Musidora Stakes headlining the opening day’s racing action at the Yorkshire course.

TEONA (5/4) looks the one to beat in the 1m2f contest after Roger Varian’s exciting filly stamped her Oaks credentials at Newcastle last season.

Roger Varian York
Roger Varian possesses an exciting filly in the form of Teona

The daughter of Sea The Stars thundered home in a maiden stakes on the all-weather, dismantling the field with ease as she sauntered to a nine-length victory.

Sitting as the 5/1 second-favourite for the Epsom Classic currently, her price could shorten further if she can take to turf here.

However, she faces a real talent in NOON STAR (2/1), who produced a solid performance on her return less than three weeks ago.

WATCH: NOON STAR LANDS VICTORY AT WETHERBY [CREDIT: RACING TV]

She made easy work of her rivals at Wetherby, clearing away from John & Thady Gosden’s Loving Dream in the final furlong to win by two and a half lengths.

Sir Michael Stoute’s filly has been bred for the middle distances, with the Oaks being the main goal this season for the three-year-old.

The daughter of Galileo could have more to offer here and she could push the favourite all the way.

MYSTERY ANGEL (11/2) produced a top-draw performance to land the Listed Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket on her last outing for George Bouchey, while Aidan O’Brien‘s SNOWFALL (12/1) could signal at each-way value if she can use her Group 1 experience as a two-year-old to her advantage.

Aidan O'Brien Trainer
Aidan O’Brien will be hoping Snowfall can land success at York on Wednesday afternoon

SENITA (12/1) showed promise as a two-year-old and may have needed the run on her seasonal reappearance for the Gosdens, while AURIA (16/1) caught the eye when taking second behind Creative Flare at Ascot last month under Andrew Balding.

Ed Walker’s GLENARTNEY (33/1) and Adrian Paul Keatley’s QUIET ASSASSIN (66/1) complete the eight-runner field at York.

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A cracking renewal of the Musidora Stakes lies in wait, which could well present the winner of the Oaks next month.

SELECTIONS:

– Noon Star @ 2/1

– Snowfall E/W @ 12/1

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