EPSOM OAKS 1881
The 103rd Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 3rd June 1881 and was won by Thebais (4/6 fav), by Hermit out of Devotion trained by Alec Taylor snr, who won by 3 lengths in 2 mins 46.00 secs. The winner won £4,050 (Equivalent to £450,000 in 2017) and there were 12 runners.
Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
THEBAIS George Fordham Alec Taylor snr Mr William Sterling Crawford 4/6
LUCY GLITTERS Morgan   Mr Charles Perkins 20/1
MYRA Tom Cannon   Lord Rosebery 20/1
PERPLEXITE Hopkins   Baron Schickler 20/1
THORA J Watts   Duke of Hamilton 8/1
NAPOLI Lemaire   Mr J H Houldsworth 50/1
METEORA F Webb   Mr Norman 10/1
TRAVELLER'S JOY Gallon   Mr W S Crawford 50/1
SANDA W MacDonald   Lord Wilton 50/1
EOS J Goater   Mr J M Brooks 20/1
CAPER SAUCE J Osborne   Mr Perkins 10/1
QUEEN'S MESSAGE Fred Archer   Lord Hastings 25/1
      Over Round 126%
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