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Epsom Oaks

Whilst the Derby is unquestionably the biggest and most prestigious Flat race run all season, the Derby Festival is now very much a two day affair, with the Oaks being staged on Friday and the Derby on Saturday. 

It is only fitting, therefore, for us to also feature “the Derby for fillies” on this website.

Previous winners

These are the winners of the Oak since 2000:


Year

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

2011

Dancing Rain

Johnny Murtagh

W Haggas

2010

Snow Fairy

Ryan Moore

C Patino

2009

Sariska

Jamie Spencer

M L W Bell

2008

Look Here

Seb Sanders

R M Beckett

2007

Light Shift

Ted Durcan

Henry Cecil

2006

Alexandrova

Kieren Fallon

Aidan O'Brien

2005

Eswarah

Richard Hills

Michael Jarvis

2004

Ouija Board

Kieren Fallon

Ed Dunlop

2003

Casual Look

Martin Dwyer

Andrew Balding

2002

Kazzia

Frankie Dettori

Saeed bin Suroor

2001

Imagine

Michael Kinane

Aidan O'Brien

2000

Love Divine

Richard Quinn

Henry Cecil


Trial Races

As with the Derby, a number of key trial races are staged in the run up to the Oaks. The most recent winners ran in the following trials (the recent form figures for the winners of certain of the trials are in brackets):

1,000 Guineas - Diminuendo (3rd, 1988), Salsabil (1st, 1990), Balanchine (2nd, 1994), Moonshell (3rd, 1995), Reams of Verse (6th, 1997), Shahtoush (2nd, 1998), Kazzia (1st, 2002), Casual Look (6th, 2003).

Pretty Polly Stakes (4051000) - Snow Bride (5th, 1989), Ouija Board (1st, 2004).

Cheshire Oaks (3061004) - Light Shift (1st, 2007).

Lingfield Oaks Trail (77902) - User Friendly (1st, 1992), Lady Carla (1st, 1996), Ramruma (1st, 1999), Look Here (2nd, 2008).

Musidora Stakes (8338516) - Diminuendo (1st, 1988), Snow Bride (1st, 1989), Reams of Verse (1st, 1997), Alexandrova (2nd, 2006), Sariska (1st, 2009).

Fillies' Trial Stakes (4014) - Eswarah (1st, 2005).

Prix Saint-Alary - Intrepidity (1st, 1993).

Lupe (now Height of Fashion) Stakes (062271) - Love Divine (1st, 2000), Snow Fairy (1st, 2010).

Irish 1,000 Guineas - Shahtoush (10th, 1998), Imagine (1st, 2001).

History

The Oaks is run over the same course and distance as the Derby (1 mile. 4 furlongs and 10 yards) and is also one of the five British Classics. It is only open to three year old fillies.

The race is named after the Earl of Derby's estate "The Oaks" in Carshalton, about 4 miles to the east of Epsom Downs.

At a dinner party held there in 1778, the Earl and his friends planned a sweepstake for three-year-old fillies over a distance of one and a half miles, and the race was first run the following year on May 14. It was won by the Earl's own horse Bridget and the race has been known as the Oaks ever since.

It is now the feature of Epsom’s Ladies Day and is run on the Friday before the Derby (5th June this year). It is the day when Ladies take centre stage both on and off the course.

Records

The race’s most successful jockey is Frank Buckle with 9 wins.

The most successful trainer is Robert Robson with 12 wins.

The most successful owner is the 4th Duke of Grafton with 6 wins.

The fastest winning time of 2m 34.19s was set by Intrepidity in 1993.

Sun Princess, in 1983, won by the largest winning margin to date of 12 lengths.

Vespa (1833) and Jet Ski Lady (1991) at 50/1 are the longest price winners.

The shortest odds winner was Pretty Polly in 1904 who was successful at the prohibitive odds of 8/100.

The largest field was 26, in 1848.

The smallest was 4, in 1799 and 1904.

Trends

Here are the noteable trends for the last 10 winners:

8 out of 10 – successful over 7f or a mile as a two year old

8 out of 10 – pre race Racing Post rating of at least 107

8 out of 10 – recorded their best Racing Post rating last time out

7 out of 10 – won last time out

5 out of 10 – won or placed in a Group 1 contest

1 out of 10 – had not run as a two year old

2 out of 10 – had finished outside the first four on any career start

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