THE EPSOM OAKS

Contested on Epsom Downs since 1779, the Oaks was first introduced the year before its more famous cousin The Derby. Apart from 2 brief spells during the First and Second World Wars, when it transferred to Newmarket, this site provides a comprehensive history of the Oaks; every winner, runner, owner, trainer and jockey and, where available, video clips of the majority of races run since the early 1900s.

Every Classic winner has now been rated using times (the 1810 St Leger was one of the earliest occasions when a winner's time was provided), winning distances and strength of opposition. A very useful survey was carried out by the Sporting Times in May 1886 when 100 Jockey Club Members, owners, trainers, jockeys and tipsters were invited to list the top 10 racehorses. To see the results of that survey click here.

Every effort has been made to trace copyright holders of all scans in this section of the site.  Some contributors have asked to be acknowledged for their contributions and their wish has been granted. If anyone thinks they own an image used then contact the site owner.

For all of your Epsom Oaks books and memorabilia visit:-
http://astore.amazon.co.uk/wwwgreyhoundd-21?_encoding=UTF8&node=338

History of 2000 Guineas; History of the 1000 Guineas; History of the Epsom Derby; History of the Doncaster St Leger

If you have access to further artefacts which will enhance the site then email johnwslusar@gmail.com so that your items can be included.

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1780 1781 1782 1783 1784 1785 1786 1787 1788 1789
1790 1791 1792 1793 1794 1795 1796 1797 1798 1799
1800 1801 1802 1803 1804 1805 1806 1807 1808 1809
1810 1811 1812 1813 1814 1815 1816 1817 1818 1819
1820 1821 1822 1823 1824 1825 1826 1827 1828 1829
1830 1831 1832 1833 1834 1835 1836 1837 1838 1839
1840 1841 1842 1843 1844 1845 1846 1847 1848 1849
1850 1851 1852 1853 1854 1855 1856 1857 1858 1859
1860 1861 1862 1863 1864 1865 1866 1867 1868 1869
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1880 1881 1882 1883 1884 1885 1886 1887 1888 1889
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For further information on this Classic race 'The Oaks Stakes' by Michael Church provides a comprehensive history of the great race. It is a limited edition volume, limited to 650 copies, and is available from Amazon ISBN 1910498289