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When is the 2021 Epsom Oaks?

  • We bring you the dates and vital information about the 2021 Epsom Oaks
  • The historic Classic takes place at Epsom Downs on Friday 4th June
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Love (right) winning the 2020 Epsom Oaks. (Getty)

When is the 2021 Epsom Oaks?

The Epsom Oaks is historically staged on the first Friday in June. The Epsom Oaks will take place on Friday 4th June in 2021.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 renewal of the Epsom Oaks took place in July. The Oaks will be moved back to it's original slot on the calendar in 2021.

Who won the last Epsom Oaks?

Having swept her opposition aside in convincing fashion in the 1000 Guineas, Aidan O'Brien's Love procued an even more impressive display in the Epsom Oaks. Ryan Moore's mount powered clear of the field down the home straight, beating stablemate Ennistymon and Frankly Darling by ten lengths.

What is the Epsom Oaks?

The Epsom Oak is one of the five Classic races staged in Britain. Like the Derby, the Oaks is open only to three-year-olds and the trip is a mile-and-a-half. The Epsom Oaks is open only to fillies - female horses.

Where is the Epsom Oaks run?

The Epsom Oaks is run at Epsom Downs racecourse. This unique, left-handed track is situated in Epsom, Surrey.

Which horses will run in the Epsom Oaks?

Only the very best three-year-olds fillies will be good enough to challenge in the Oaks. Fillies who impress in the 1000 Guineas often travel to Epsom to try and seal the second part of the fillies' Triple Crown.

Other important trials for the Epsom Oaks include the Cheshire Oaks, the Musidora Stakes and the Oaks Trial and Lingfield. Several trials races are also staged in Ireland during the early weeks of the season.

Where can I watch the 2021 Epsom Oaks?

The 2021 Epsom Oaks will be shown live on ITV and RacingTV. If you'd rather watch the racing via your mobile or tablet, then bookmakers such as bet365 will allow you to stream the race live.

Epsom Oaks Live Streaming 

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  3. Registered depositing users can then watch and bet on live horse racing.

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Epsom Derby History

Few people know this, but the Epsom Oaks was actually created the year before the Derby. The Oaks was named after an estate called The Oaks, which was leased by the 12th Earl of Derby.

First run at the Epsom Derby Festival in 1779, the Oaks, known as the Oakes Stakes, was won by Bridget who was owned by Lord Derby. The race is run at Epsom Downs, but during the wars it was run at Newmarket and titled the New Oaks Stakes.

The Epsom Oaks is the second leg of the fillies' Triple Crown. Any three-year-old filly who can win the 1000 Guineas, the Epsom Oaks and the St Leger will be immortalised as a Triple Crown winner.

Formosa was the first filly to win the Triple crown in 1868. Greats like Sceptre, Pretty Polly and Sun Chariot have followed in her footsteps since. The most recent winner of the Fillies Triple Crown was Oh So Sharp in 1985.

Frank Buckle won the Oaks on nine occasions in the early stages of the race. His first win came in 1797 with Nike and his last winner came 26 years later with Zinc.

Robert Robson was the leading trainer of his time and he managed to win the Oaks on 13 occasions. Some of his highlight wins came with Zinc, Wings and Music.

Known as the Emperor of Trainers, Robson was known for his ability to train Classic winners and he also trained seven Derby winners.

Pretty Polly was the shortest-odds winner in 1904, paying only 8/100. She subsequently had the Pretty Polly Stakes named after it.

John Gosden's Enable ran the quickest Oaks we've ever seen at Epsom in 2017, stopping the clock in 2:34.13. Enable went on to become one of the best fillies of all time, claiming back-to-back wins in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

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