EPSOM OAKS 1779
The first winner of the Oaks, which took place on Friday 14th May 1779, was the 5/2 favourite Bridget, a bay filly by Herod out of Jemima, owned by the 12th Earl of Derby. There were 12 runners and the winner won £840 (worth £122,600 in 2017)
Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
BRIDGET Richard Goodisson Mr Saunders 12th Earl of Derby 5/2
FAME     Mr Vernon 3/1
UNNAMED FILLY BY ECLIPSE     Sir John Shelley 8/1
UNNAMED BROWN FILLY BY METAPHYSICIAN     Sir J Lade 10/1
UNNAMED FILLY BY OTHO     Lord Egremont
UNNAMED FILLY BY METAPHYSICIAN     Mr Scawen
UNNAMED FILLY BY HEROD     Lord Foley
UNNAMED FILLY BY HEROD     Mr Compton
UNNAMED FILLY BY SYPHON     Duke of Bolton 5/1
UNNAMED FILLY BY DOMITIAN     Lord Abingdon
UNNAMED FILLY BY PANTALON     Sir Charles Bunbury
UNNAMED SISTER TO POT-8-O'S     Mr O'Kelly
      Over Round (unknown)
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