The 161st Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 26th May 1939 and was won by Galatea (10/11 fav), by Dark Legend out of Galaday trained by Joe Lawson, who won by a head in 2 mins 40.40 secs. The winner won £8,043 (Equivalent to £496,300 in 2017) and there were 21 runners.
Horse Jockey Trainer OwnerBetting
GALATEA Bobby Jones Joe Lawson Robert Sterling Clark 10/11
WHITE FOX Charlie Elliott   9/1
SUPERBE Pat Beasley   20/1
SONSIE WENCH Eph Smith   20/1
ARSENAL James Doyle   50/1
SOFT IMPEACHMENT Michael Beary   50/1
ROYAL TRUCE M Wing   50/1
SUGAR KANDY J Marshall   50/1
BONAROBA G Bezant   50/1
ROMANY NIGHT F Lane   50/1
AVENA T Burns   33/1
TITBIT Harry Wragg   50/1
AURORA R Perryman   100/8
OLEIN T Lowrey   11/2
VIRGINIA J Crouch   50/1
BALLATHIE W Sibbritt   50/1
KITTY FRISK J Thwaites   33/1
ELLA A Charlie Smirke   50/1
WILHELMINA J Taylor   50/1
CURTAIN CALL Billy Nevett   20/1
      Over Round 123%
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