The Oaks is run at Epsom racecourse. It is a race for 3 year old fillies’ Only & run over a distance of 1m 4f and is a Group 1 race.

Epsom Race Course
Epsom Race Course

It is named after a cottage that the 12th Earl of Derby rented a few years previously and the race was first run in 1779. It is usually run in the first or second Friday in June..
The first winner of the Oaks was Bridget, who was owned by the 12th Earl of Derby and ridden by Jockey R. Goodison, she was trained by Mr Saunders, with 12 runners went to post on the first running of the Oaks…

The Oaks has been run away from Epsom on two separate occasions and that was during the first & second world wars when the race was held at Newmarket.

The first Jockey to win both the Oaks & Derby in the same year came in 1789 by Sam Chifney Sr…

Last years race was run on July 4th due to Covid19 Pandemic.

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The trainers with the most wins in the Oaks history are…
Robert Robson 13
Alec Taylor Jr, Sir Henry Cecil & Aidan O’Brien – 8

The Jockeys with the most wins in Oaks history are…
Frank Buckle 9
Frank Butler & Lester Piggott 6

From 1998 – 2018…

Trainers with most Oaks wins…
Aidan O’Brien 8
Sir Henry Cecil  & John Gosden 3 each
Ed Dunlop & Ralph Becket ..

Jockeys with the most Oaks wins….
Ryan Moore & Frankie Dettori 3 each…

In the last 7 seasons Aidan O’Brien & John Gosden have shared the Oaks

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Previous Winners –

2020 – Love – Aidan O’Brien – Smith, Magnier & Tabor – Ryan Moore

2019 – Anapurna – John Gosden – Helena Springfield Ltd – Frankie Dettori

2018 – Forever Together – Aidan O’brien – Mr M Tabor, D Smith and Mrs J Magnier – Donnnacha O’Brien 

2017 – Enable – John Gosden – Mr K Abdullah – Frankie Dettori 

2016 – Minding – Aidan O’brien – Mr D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Mr M Tabor – Ryan Moore 

2015 – Qualify – Aidan O’brien – Mrs C C Regaldo Gonzalez – Colm O’Donoghue

2014 – Taghrooda – John Gosden – Mr Hamdan Al Maktoum – Paul Hanagan 

2013 – Talent – Ralph Beckett – Mr J L Roswell, Mr M H Dixon – Richard Hughes

2012 – Was – Aidan O’brien – Mr D Smith, Mrs J Magnier, Mr M Tabor – Seamie Heffernan 

2011 – Dancing Rain – William Haggas – M J & L A Taylor – Johnny Murtagh 

2010 – Snow Fairy – Ed Dunlop – Anamoine Limited – Ryan Moore 

2009 – Sariska – Michael Bell – Lady Bamford – Jamie Spencer 

2008 – Look Here – Ralph Beckett – J H Richmond-Watson – Seb Sanders

2007 – Light Shift – Henry Cecil – Niarchos Family – Ted Durcan

2006 – Alexandrova – Aidan O’Brien – S Magnier – Kieren Fallon

2005 – Eswarah – Michael Jarvis – Hamdan Al Maktoum – Richard Hills

2004 – Ouija Board – Ed Dunlop – 19th Earl Of Derby – Kieren Fallon

2003 – Casual Look – Andrew Balding – William S Farish – Martin Dwyer 

2002 – Kazzia – Saaeed Bin Suroor – Godolphin – Frankie Dettori 

2001 – Imagine – Aidan O’Brien – Diane Nagle – Michael Kinane

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Stats And Trends

9 out of last 12 previous winners were rated 102 or higher.

12 out of last 12 previous winners had won a flat race previously.

4 from last 12 previous winners had won at Group 1 to 3 level.

Only 3 fav or joint fav winners from last 12 renewals.

5 out of last 12 winners came from top 3 in the market. 

Written by Charlie McGreevy  & Rich Williams

Pictures – Epsom Racecourse (Twitter)

Arseonlineracing (2018) – Updated 2021