The 83rd Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 31st May 1861 and was won by Brown Duchess (100/7), by The Flying Dutchman out of Espoir trained by Joseph Saxon, who won by a neck in 2 mins 44 secs. The winner won £4,420 (Equivalent to £495,000 in 2017) and there were 17 runners.
Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
BROWN DUCHESS Luke Snowden Joseph Saxon Mr Joseph Saxon 100/7
LADY RIPON Bullock   Mr Harrison 40/1
FAIRWATER J Osborne   Mr Cartwright 7/2
SILVERHAIR T Aldcroft   Mr T Valentine 10/1
WOMBAT Custance   Mr Jas Smith 10/1
NEMESIS J Mann   Mr Fleming 3/1
TATTOO J Snowden   Mr H O'Hara 25/1
CALLER OU Chaloner   Mr W L'Anson 10/1
SISTER TO AVALANCHE Withington   Lord Ailesbury 40/1
BABETTE FILLY Rogers   Lord Chesterfield 7/1
EASTERN PRINCESS Green   Mr H Jones 40/1
VIRGISS-MEIN-NICHT George Fordham   Mr Henry 40/1
LAVA A Edwards   Lord Stamford 40/1
QUEEN OF THE VALE Wells   Baron Rothschild 40/1
GABRIELLE D'ESTREES H Grimshaw   Count Frederic de Lagrange 8/1
COULEUR DE ROSE J Goater   Mr Capell 40/1
WILD WAVE E Sharpe   Mr Ingham 40/1
      Over Round 128%
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