The 96th Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 5th June 1874 and was won by Apology (5/2), by Adventurer out of Mandragora trained by William Osborne, who won by 3 lengths in 2 mins 48.50 secs. The winner won £4,375 (Equivalent to £437,500 in 2017) and there were 11 runners.
Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
APOLOGY John Osborne William Osborne Reverend John King 5/2
MISS TOTO George Fordham   Mr Lefevre 7/4
LADY PATRICIA J Goater   Mr East 5/1
BLANCHEFLOUR Fred Archer   Lord Falmouth 100/6
PRINCESS THERESA Heslop   Mr Horncastle 10/1
SKIRMISHER Maidment   Mr Savile 50/1
MEMORIA Griffiths   Mr Dulton 100/6
ADVENTURIERE Chaloner   Lord Ailesbury 40/1
POLONAISE Morris   Mr Bowes 50/1
DEVASTATION Tom Cannon   Sir J Hawley 50/1
LADY OF THE LAKE Custance   Mr Bennett 33/1
      Over Round 112%
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