The 178th Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 8th June 1956 and was won by Sicarelle (3/1 fav), by Sicambre out of Royale Maitresse trained by Francois Mathet, who won by 3 lengths in 2 mins 42.00 secs. The winner won £15,013 (Equivalent to £362,000 in 2017) and there were 14 runners.
Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
SICARELLE Freddie Palmer Francois Mathet Mme. Suzy Volterra 3/1
JANIARI Serge Boullenger   100/8
YASMIN Jean Massard   25/1
HONEYLIGHT Edgar Britt   11/2
CALDERA Roger Poincelet   100/7
MYTHICAL Geoff Lewis   50/1
NO PRETENDER Willie Snaith   9/1
FOLLOWING BREEZE Scobie Breasley   100/8
FAIRY GROVE Willie Carr   20/1
HUSTLE Eph Smith   100/7
FRENCH POLISH Doug Smith   25/1
PITTER PATTER Manny Mercer   7/1
GARDEN STATE Lester Piggott   100/6
PHAROAH'S DAUGHTER Stan Clayton   50/1
      Over Round 115%
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