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Briseis (horse)

Briseis was an outstanding brown Thoroughbred filly foaled in 1874 in Australia. She was by Tim Whiffler* out of Musidora by The Premier*.[1]

Briseis was bred, owned and trained by James Wilson at his St Albans stud near Geelong.[2] 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).[1]

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.[3]

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.

Her major wins were an AJC Doncaster H; AJC All Aged Stakes; VRC Derby; Melbourne Cup; and VRC Oaks all as a two and three year old.[4]

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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6
  2. Racing - Briseis Retrieved on 2009-7-9
  3. Huxley D. etal Millers Guide 2004
  4. Piece. P & Kirkwood. R. From Go to Whoa. Crossbow Publishing 1994


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