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YORK DANTE FESTIVAL REPORT | Snowfall claims victory in the Musidora Stakes

Aidan O’Brien’s filly outpaced the market favourites Teona and Noon Star in the Group 3 contest at York

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2C7T6EA Snowfall and jockey Wayne Lordan (centre) win the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Fillies Maiden from Sister Rosetta (left) at Curragh Racecourse.
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Snowfall put her Group 1 experience as a two-year-old to good use at York, as the three-year-old produced a bold front-running effort to make all in the Musidora Stakes at the Dante Festival.

It was a race that has eluded trainer Aidan O’Brien in the past, but the three-year-old showed her potential to give the Ballydoyle trainer a first success in the contest.

WATCH: SNOWFALL LANDS THE MUSIDORA STAKES FOR AIDAN O’BRIEN [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The filly had finished outside the places in her four Group races over a mile last season, but she relished the step up in trip as she thundered down the home straight in impressive fashion.

Market favourite Noon Star couldn’t reel in the winner in the closing stages as she held on for second for Sir Michael Stoute, while Roger Varian’s Teona claimed third.

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Starman claimed his first Group honours under Ed Walker, as the four-year-old kept on well in the final stages to claim the Duke Of York Stakes.

WATCH: STARMAN LANDS THE GROUP 2 DUKE OF YORK STAKES FOR ED WALKER [CREDIT: RACING TV]

The colt had shown promise as a three-year-old, with his only defeat coming in the British Champion Sprint Stakes last October.

He travelled well throughout the contest and he pushed himself away from the trailing pack, with only Nahaarr making the pursuit.

But it was Starman who won the battle of wits, as he just got up to claim victory by a short head.

Mr Lupton, who was tipped up in our three value picks, kept on incredibly well in the final stages in the Churchill Tyres Handicap to record his tenth career success.

G804KH Trainer Richard Fahey before the Olympic Glory Conditions Stakes Race run during Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury Racecourse.
Richard Fahey’s Mr Lupton claimed success at York in the Churchill Tyres Handicap

The gelding charged down the leading trio in the final furlong and got past them in the final strides to land victory for Richard Fahey.

Wobwobwob eased clear of the pack in the final furlong to land success in the 7f handicap for Adrian Paul Keatley, while William Haggas’ Ilaraab justified favouritism in the Jorvik Handicap as he claimed a three-length victory on the Knavesmire.

William Haggas
William Haggas claimed success at York with Ilaraab

Project Dante took the 5f novice stakes for Bryan Smart, while David Menuisier‘s Flying Solo landed the Class 4 1m4f Handicap.

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