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Epsom Oaks - Horse Racing: All You Need To Know

The Epsom Oaks, also known as just The Oaks, is a British Classic open to three-year-old fillies. It is the second leg of the fillies' Triple Crown, and it takes place over one-mile-and-four-furlongs.

(This article was originally published on 14.05.2022)

When is the Epsom Oaks?

The Epsom Oaks takes place on the 3rd June this year. It was first run in 1779, making it the second old British Classic behind the St Leger.

Where is the Epsom Oaks?

The Epsom Oaks takes place Epsom Downs Racecourse in Surrey. It has been held at the left-handed course since its first ever running in 1779.

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Where can I watch the Epsom Oaks?

The Epsom Oaks will be shown live on ITV in the UK, while punters can also catch the action from Epsom via our Sports Live Streaming service.

Who is the most successful Epsom Oaks trainer?

Robert Robson has been successful 13 times in the Oaks. Scotia (1802), Pelisse (1804), Meteora (1805), Briseis (1807), Morel (1808), Maid of Orleans (1809), Music (1813), Minuet (1815), Landscape (1816), Corinne (1818), Pastille (1822), Zinc (1823) and Wings (1825) have all come out on top for the trainer.

In the modern era, Aidan O'Brien has been victorious on nine occasions, including in 2021 with Snowfall.

Who is the most successful Epsom Oaks jockey?

Frank Buckle has ridden the winner of the Epsom Oaks nine times. He has partnered Nike (1797), Bellissima (1798), Bellina (1799), Scotia (1802), Theophania (1803), Meteora (1805), Neva (1817), Corinne (1818), Zinc (1823) to victory.

Which horse ran the fastest ever Epsom Oaks?

The fastest time in the Epsom Oaks was broken by Love in 2020. Aidan O'Brien's filly prevailed with a time of 2:34:06.

The widest margin came in 2021 when Snowfall scored by 16 lengths.

Which have won the Epsom Oaks most recently?

Here are the winners of the Epsom Oaks since 2012.

Oaks winners since 2012


Seamie Heffernan

Aidan O'Brien


Richard Hughes

Ralph Beckett



Paul Hanagan

John Gosden

Colm O'Donoghue

Aidan O'Brien


Ryan Moore

Aidan O'Brien


Frankie Dettori

John Gosden
2018Forever Together

Donnacha O'Brien

Aidan O'Brien


Frankie Dettori

John Gosden

Ryan Moore

Aidan O'Brien


Frankie Dettori

Aidan O'Brien

Who are the fancied horses in the 2022 Epsom Oaks?

Unbeaten filly Emily Upjohn put down a strong marker for the Epsom Oaks when she landed the Musidora Stakes at the Dante Festival at York.

John Gosden's runner is now 11/10 for the British Classic. The daughter of Sea The Stars is likely to be ridden by Frankie Dettori in the race. He has won the Epsom Oaks six times, including twice in the last three years.

Aidan O'Brien has an excellent record in the Epsom Oaks, and his best chance this year may come with Tuesday.

She was third in the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket but is expected to improve for the step up in distance at Epsom. The Galileo filly is 4/1 to give her trainer another success in a British Classic.

Trainer Charlie Appleby has made an excellent start to the season, with the highlight being his victory in the 2,000 Guineas.

He will be hoping his hot form continues at Epsom when he saddles With The Moonlight. She was successful in the Pretty Polly Stakes on her seasonal reappearance.

The Godolphin runner is 10/1 to add her name to the roll of honour in the fillies' contest. Joseph O'Brien will be hoping he can replicate what his father has achieved in the Epsom Oaks by training the winner in 2022.

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