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