Musidora Stakes

The Musidora Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-old fillies over a mile and a quarter.

The Musidora Stakes is run on Wednesday 17th May 2023.

It is held on the opening day of the York Dante meeting in May and is an important trial for the Epsom Oaks.

Seven fillies have gone on to win the Epsom Classic including Diminuendo (1988), Reams Of Verse (1997) and Snowfall (2021).

Find out more about the Musidora Stakes:

Musidora Stakes

Race Overview – Musidora

The Musidora Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in the United Kingdom for three-year-old fillies.

In May, it is run over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs, and 56 yards at York (2,063 metres).

The Musidora Stakes is currently raced on the opening day of York’s 3 day Dante Festival meeting. It is run the day before the Dante Stakes.

Musidora Stakes 2023 Odds

Here are the latest odds for the Musidora Stakes in May 2023:

  • NOVAKAI – 10-3

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Musidora Stakes 2023 Tips

Here are some tips for Musidora Stakes in May 2023:

  • 2 points to win for INFINITE COSMOS
  • 1 point each way for GATHER YE ROSEBUDS

Some of the horses in the Musidora Stakes will run in other events later in the year. Stay updated on the horses and place ante-post bets if you want to wager on them.

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Musidora Stakes Previous Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
2012 The Fugue William Buick John Gosden
2013 Liber Nauticus Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute
2014 Madame Chiang Kieren Fallon David Simcock
2015 Star of Seville Frankie Dettori John Gosden
2016 So Mi Dar Frankie Dettori John Gosden
2017 Shutter Speed Frankie Dettori John Gosden
2018 Give And Take James Doyle William Haggas
2019 Nausha Andrea Atzeni Roger Varian
2020 Rose of Kildare[a] Franny Norton Mark Johnston
2021 Snowfall Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien
2022 Emily Upjohn Frankie Dettori John & Thady Gosden

Famous Musidora Stakes Winners

The Musidora Stakes is named after the Yorkshire-trained winner of the 1000 Guineas and Epsom Oaks in 1949. The race was first run in 1961 with victory going to Ambergris, trained by Harry Wragg and ridden by Lester Piggott. It was awarded Group 3 status in 1971 which it has held ever since.

Noblesse (1963) was the first filly to go on to complete the Musidora/Oaks double, trained by Paddy Prendergast.

Bireme repeated the feat in 1980 for Dick Hern and Willie Carson.

1981 winner Condessa was trained by Jim Bolger and returned to York to claim the Yorkshire Oaks later in the season. Bolger won the race again in 1983 with Give Thanks, later successful in the Lancashire Oaks and the Irish Oaks.

Henry Cecil had a fantastic record in this race. He won it for three consecutive seasons with the high-class trio Indian Skimmer (1987), Diminuendo (1988) and Snow Bride (1989). Indian Skimmer was a brilliant grey filly who went on claim career earnings in excess of nearly $1.4 million. Her career victories included the French Oaks (1987), Sun Chariot Stakes (1988), Champion Stakes (1988) and Irish Champion Stakes (1988).

Diminuendo was a small chestnut filly who won the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks in 1988. Snow Bride was awarded the Epsom Oaks in 1989 after the controversial disqualification of The Aga Khan’s Aliysa. The winner tested positive for a banned substance and her disqualification led to a major rift between His Highness and the British Racing Authorities.

1990 winner In The Groove was a very talented filly trained by David Elsworth and regularly partnered by Steve Cauthen. She won the Irish 1000 Guineas, the International Stakes and the Champion Stakes after winning here. She then won the Coronation Cup at Epsom in 1991.

Sariska (2009) went on to win the Oaks for Michael Bell and Jamie Spencer while the most recent Epsom Classic winner was Snowfall in 2021. A surprise 14-1 winner of this race for Aidan O’Brien, she went on to win the Oaks by a remarkable 16 lengths as her rivals fell away in the rain-softened ground.

Key Musidora Stakes Trials

There are no obvious trials for the Musidora with fillies often running here on their seasonal debut or after winning a maiden.

Eight of the last eleven winners had raced within 26 days and four of those had won last time out.

Seven of the last eleven winners ran in the Epsom Oaks next time with only Snowfall winning the Classic.

John Gosden’s The Fugue (third) and Emily Upjohn (second) ran well at Epsom after winning the Musidora and both were arguably unlucky not to win.

Gosden also trained So Mi Dar (2016) who won the John Musker Fillies Stakes at Yarmouth next time.

Musidora Stakes Betting Trends

There have been five winning favourites in the last eleven renewals of the Musidora Stakes.

Liber Nauticus (2013), Star Of Seville (2015), So Mi Dar (2016), Shutter Speed (2017) and Emily Upjohn (2022) were the successful market leaders and all started odds-on. The last four named were all trained at the Gosden sable.

There have been a couple of surprise winners of this race in recent years. Nausha (2019) won at 14-1 for Roger Varian and Andrea Atzeni.

Snowfall (2021) also returned at 14-1 while Madame Chang (2014) won at 8-1 for David Simcock and Kieren Fallon.

Musidora Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Henry Cecil won this race a record nine times; Fatah Flare (1985), Indian Skimmer (1987), Diminuendo (1988), Snow Bride (1989), All At Sea (1992), Magnificent Style (1996), Reams Of Verse (1997), Passage Of Time (2007) and Aviate (2010).

Sir Michael Stoute is currently just one behind Cecil with eight victories; Triple First (1977), Rimosa’s Pet (1979), Optimistic Lass (1984), Hawajiss (1994), Pure Grain (1995), Islington (2002), Short Skirt (2006) and Liber Nauticus (2013).

The Gosden stable have the best recent record in the Musidora with six winners in the past twelve seasons; Joviality (2011), The Fugue (2012), Star Of Seville (2015), So Mi Dar (2016), Shutter Speed (2017) and Emily Upjohn (2022).

Frankie Dettori leads the jockey standings with six victories; Bahr (1998), Punctilious (2004), Star Of Seville (2015), So Mi Dar (2016), Shutter Speed (2017) and Emily Upjohn (2022).

Betting on the Musidora Stakes

The Musidora Stakes always has an impact on the ante-post betting for the Epsom Oaks.

Surprisingly, the brilliant Snowfall is the only winner trained by Aidan O’Brien and it has been the Gosden entries who have dominated in recent years.

A fascinating trial for the leading middle-distance fillies’ Classic and Group 1 races later in the summer.

Musidora Stakes Previous Result

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Popular Questions

Where is the Musidora Stakes run?

The Musidora Stakes in run at York Racecourse.

What distance is the Musidora Stakes?

The Musidora Stakes is 1 mile, 2 furlongs, and 56 yards long.

Summary of Musidora Stakes

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