The 2017 Oaks Free Bets

The Oaks is a Group One flat race 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 Countdown to The Oaks

It's everyone's dream to either train, ride or own an Oaks winning horse. Right from the moment when you start looking for the next superstar at the sales. Progress on the gallops can spark off ante-post bets on horses winning next year's Oaks even before its racecourse debut. Odds will fluctuate as the two-year old fillies make their debuts. The following season sees 1000 Guineas trials before the first classic of the season for fillies at Newmarket. Whoever wins the 1000 Guineas will likely be a leading favourite to win the Oaks as long as they are expected to take the rise in distance to a mile and a half in their stride. Oaks trials such as the Cheshire Oaks take place between the 1000 Guineas and the Oaks. Rhododendron finished second in that meeting and will now head to Epsom on the 2nd June as the favourite with the bookies for victory. 

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.

Last year the race became the Sir Henry Cecil Oaks in memory of the trainer who won the race eight times in his career.

The Oaks Trends

The average price of the winner over the last 10 years is 18/1.

Two outright favourite has 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 Aiden O’ Brien’s three winners the others since 2007 were trained in Britain.

Famous Winners

Horses

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

  • Diminuendo
  • Oh So Sharp
  • Dunfermline
  • Musidora

Last Ten Winners of the Oaks

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

2009 - Sariska, Jamie Spencer, Michael Bell, 9/4F

2008 - Look Here, Seb Sanders, Ralph Beckett, 33/1

2007 - Light Shift, Ted Durcan, Henry Cecil, 25/1

Jockeys

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.

Owner

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

Trainer

Robert Robson trained 13 horses to victory between 1802 and 1825


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