Briseis was bred, owned and trained by James Wilson at his St Albans stud near Geelong. As a 2yo after three minor placings from five starts she started 4/1 eq fav and won the AJC Doncaster Handicap at Randwick carrying 35 kg (77 lb). At her next two starts she won a flying and the AJC All Aged Stakes (at Weight for Age).
As a 3yo at the VRC spring carnival of 1876 Briseis raced on all four days. She won the VRC Derby on the Saturday, (by three lengths and taking 1¾ seconds off the race record); the Melbourne Cup (by two lengths) on the Tuesday; the VRC Oaks on the Thursday; and ran second to Pride of the Hills in the mares produce stakes on the Saturday.
She then raced four times in the autumn of 1877 before being sent to stud in 1879. Sadly she had a fall in a paddock resulting in a fractured skull, and had to be put down.
There is a race carrying her name at the Melbourne Cup carnival each year.
While not widely recalled, Briseis' feats rank alongside any of the oft-heralded greats of the Australian turf.