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The Oaks is a Group One flat race traditionally held at Epsom in June and is the third classic of the season. It is traditionally held the day before the Derby and is raced over a distance of one mile, four furlongs and 10 yards. The race is contested by three year-old fillies and was first held in 1779, a year before the Derby began.

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Using Your Free Bet

There are plenty of ways in which you can use free bets on The Oaks and these include:

  • The Winner
  • Winning Jockey
  • Winning Trainer
  • Nationality of the Trainer
  • Winning Distance

The 2020 Oaks

The 2020 Oaks will not be taking place on its usual date this yaar. Due to the flat season in the UK not beginning until the start of June. It now takes place on Saturday July 4 at Epsom behind closed doors. It will be run on the same day as the Derby. Here's our look at the top contenders.

  • Love - Trained by Aidan O'Brien who has trained three of the past five winners of this race. Love won the 1000 Guineas this month and is bidding to be the first horse since Minding in 2016 to complete the 1000 Guineas and Oaks double. Sired by Derby winner Gallileo, Love is bound to see out the mile and a half distance of this race. Won the Guineas by four and a half lengths and is a worthy favourite to win the Oaks.
  • Frankly Darling - The two times in the past five years that O'Brien hasn't won this race, John Gosden has trained the winner. That includes winning the race last year with Anapurna. He's represented this year by Frankly Darling who has won both of her races this season. That includes winning the Group 2 Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot
  • Peaceful  - Aidan O'Brien's second string or winner of the Oaks? Won her maiden by seven lengths last year and then this season landed the Irish 1000 Guineas. Stayed on well over a mile and should get the extra four furlongs as sired by Gallileo.
  • Alpine Star  -  A good each-way bet generally available at 10/1. Won three out of four and that includes winning the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot. Beat Santiago last year and that horse went on to win the Irish Derby on Saturday 27 June.


 The 2019 Oaks

The 2019 Oaks took place on Friday 31 May. This is a race that is run over a mile and a half, the same distance as the Derby and only fillies aged three can take part. The Oaks is the third leg of the fillies Triple Crown which is preceded by the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket over one mile in May and is completed by the St Leger over one mile six furlongs at Doncaster in September.


  1. Anapurna - John Gosden (trainer), Frankie Dettori (jockey) 8/1
  2. Pink Dogwood - Aiden O'Brien, Ryan Moore 3/1
  3. Fleeting - Aiden O'Brien, Wayne Lordan 25/1
  4. Manuela De Vega - Ralph Beckett, Harry Bentley 16/1

Mehdaayih was the 11/4 favourite and finished seventh.

The History of The Oaks

The Oaks was named after an estate which is to the east of Epsom and leased to the 12th Earl of Derby in the 18th century. The idea for the race came during a party held on the estate in 1778 and first took place the following year with Bridget winning the race. The filly was owned by Lord Derby. Since 1892 all horses taking part in the race carry 9 stones. The race has always been held at Epsom apart from during the two World Wars in the 20th century when it was held at Newmarket.

The Oaks Trends

Two outright favourite have won the race since 2006.

The last 10 winners had run once or twice during the season.

All the winners had run in the previous five weeks.

Every winner in the last decade had won over at least one mile.

All but one winner had raced between 2 and 5 times inclusive.

Nine of 10 winners were first or second in an Oaks trial.

Other than Aidan O’ Brien’s three winners the others since 2008 were trained in Britain.

Famous Winners


Some of the greatest filies have won the Oaks. These include

  • Diminuendo
  • Oh So Sharp
  • Dunfermline
  • Musidora

Last Ten Winners of the Oaks

2019 - Anapurna - Frankie Dettori (jockey), John Gosden (trainer) 8/1

2018 - Forever Together, Donaccha O'Brien, Aidan O'Brien 7/1

2017 - Enable, Frankie Dettori, John Gosden, 6/1

2016 - Minding, Ryan Moore. Aidan O'Brien, 10/11F

2015 - Qualify, Colm O’Donoghue, Aidan O’Brien, 50/1

2014 - Taghrooda, Paul Hanagan, John Gosden, 5/1

2013 - Talent, Richard Hughes, Ralph Beckett, 20/1

2012 - Was, Seamie Hefferman, Aidan O’Brien, 20/1

2011 - Dancing Rain, Johnny Murtagh, William Haggas, 20/1

2010 - Snow Fairy, Ryan Moore, Ed Dunlop, 9/1



Frank Buckle won the Oaks nine times between 1797 and 1823. His winners included Bellina and Zinc. Lester Pigott won the race on six occasions between 1957 and 1984.  The last jockey to win the race in successive years was Frankie Dettori in 1994 and 1995.


The 4th Duke of Grafton won the race six times in the 1800s.


Robert Robson trained 13 horses to victory between 1802 and 1825

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