The Oaks


Epson races by T Allom.  c1842
Epson races by T Allom c1842

The Oaks

In 1778 the 12th earl of Derby, Edward Smith Stanley, challenged friends at a dinner party to race their three-year old fillies over a distance of one and a half miles. He named it The Oaks after the Woodmansterne estate he leased in Banstead from his uncle, General Burgoyne. The Earl's horse, Bridget, won the first ever Oaks. The race has continued every year since and still is a major event in the English flat racing calendar. Click here for a list of Oaks winners.

This page is part of a longer page on Horse Racing
Link to British Pathe who have many images of Epsom Horse Races.
Link to the Offical Epsom Downs website.

This article was researched and written by Peter Reed, 2006


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