The Oaks is a Group 1 race run over a mile and a half at Epsom, and is open to three-year-old fillies. It is the second-oldest of the five British Classics, inaugurated in 1779, after only the St Leger, and it takes place each year in early-June, the Friday before the Derby is run.
As with the Derby, there are a number of different versions of the Oaks around the world, and British-trained runners often take their chance in the French, German and Italian equivalents. The Oaks is the second of two Classics in the Flat season restricted to fillies, following the 1000 Guineas, and acts as the middle leg for the fillies’ Triple Crown.
Epsom Oaks Top Trainer in recent times
Sir Henry Cecil – 8 wins
Oh So Sharp (1985), Diminuendo (1988), Snow Bride (1989), Lady Carla (1996), Reams of Verse (1997), Ramruma (1999), Love Divine (2000), Light Shift (2007)
Epsom Oaks Top Jockey in recent times
Lester Piggott – 6 wins
Carrozza (1957), Petite Etoile (1959), Valoris (1966), Juliette Marny (1975), Blue Wind (1981), Circus Plume (1984)
Aidan O’Brien is the most successful trainer in the Oaks this century with six wins
The Oaks is the feature race, but there is plenty to get your teeth stuck into elsewhere on the card, notably the Group 1 Coronation Cup and listed Surrey Stakes. Races include:
Investec Woodcote Stakes - A six-furlong minor event for two-year-olds
Investec Coronation Cup - A Group 1 over a mile and a half for horses aged four and older.
Investec Oaks – The feature race of the day.
Investec Surrey Stakes - A seven-furlong listed race for three-year-olds
St Nicholas Abbey (purple) completed a hat-trick in the Coronation Cup in 2013
There is massive interest in betting on the Epsom Oaks both with the online and betting shop bookies in the UK & Ireland. The Oaks is the most prestigious Classic for fillies and is usually shown on ITV and a huge audience will tune in to cheer on the UK & Irish runners. One of the biggest races of the Flat season, most Online bookies will have enhanced offers on, including paying an extra place for each-way bets, so you are advised to shop around before placing your bets.
Oaks Free Bets & Betting Offers
As with any big race, the top online bookies like Paddy Power and Betfair will have Epsom Oaks Free Bets and Epsom Oaks betting offers. Often the bookies will give you an enhanced price on one of the favourites, or they may offer a Bet Through The Card – get free bets when you bet on the first race of the Oaks meeting. Either way, we have you covered here with the best sign-up offer and betting specials for the Oaks.
Epsom Oaks Runners & Form
Timeform is your best bet for finding the winner of the Epsom Oaks. When the race card for Oaks Day is available over on our Races page, you will be able to find the latest form and insight on all of the Oaks runners from the team of expert tipsters at Timeform. Our Oaks Guineas runner-by-runner guides will be available on our website and on our mobile app.
Epsom Oaks Tips
Want to know which horses the expert Timeform Tipsters are backing on Oaks Day? You can get free tips for every race on Oaks Day either on the Timeform website or app, in the form of the Tip Sheet, or choose to follow one of our profitable premium tipping services such as TV Focus, which picks out the best bets on all races televised on ITV Racing. However you like to bet, Timeform has you covered with Epsom Oaks betting tips.
Epsom Oaks Latest News, Odds & Results
Follow all the build up to the Oaks on the News pages at Timeform. Whether you are after the latest betting odds, market movers, going updates and non-runners, plus the latest from the stables of the top horses for the Oaks, you’ll find it right here. Simply want to know which horse was first past the post? Then go to our Results page to get the latest Epsom Oaks results.
Epsom Oaks Past Winners – this Century