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.
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.
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.
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.
A cracking renewal of the Musidora Stakes lies in wait, which could well present the winner of the Oaks next month.
– Noon Star @ 2/1
– Snowfall E/W @ 12/1