The 139th New Oaks Stakes, held on the Suffolk Stakes course at Newmarket, took place on Thursday 2nd August 1917 and was won by Sunny Jane (4/1), by Sunstar out of Maid of the Mist trained by Alec Taylor jnr, who won by 1/2 a length in 2 mins 43.40 secs. The winner won £875 (Equivalent to £69,650 in 2017) and there were 11 runners.
Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
SUNNY JANE Otto Madden Alec Taylor jnr 2nd Viscount Astor 4/1
DIADEM Fred Rickaby   Lord D'Abernon 7/4
MORAVIA Elijah Wheatley   Mr J W Larnach 100/8
HAMPSHIRE LILY Joe Childs   8/1
NORMANNIA J H Martin   10/1
NONPAREIL Steve Donoghue   10/1
ELISALEXI Walter Earl   20/1
RHONA E Lancaster   20/1
SMILE R Colling   20/1
DAISY SQUARE Vic Smyth   20/1
      Over Round 125%
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