Yorkshire Oaks

The Yorkshire Oaks is part of the Ebor Festival held annually at York Racecourse. The Festival runs over four days every August, the Yorkshire Oaks is staged on the day three. The event is open to fillies and mares only, the thoroughbreds must be at least three years of age. Running over one mile and four furlongs on the track at York Racecourse and with a purse of £310,000, the Yorkshire Oaks are one of the most prestigious events of the Ebor Festival.

When the Yorkshire Oaks was inaugurated in 1849 it was initially established as a race for three-year-old fillies exclusively. It was not until 1991 that older mares were allowed to enter the race. Fillies and mares contending in the Yorkshire Oaks frequently precede their entry with a performance in the Oaks Stakes at Epsom Downs Racecourse; a kind of unofficial test race for the event.

In the 150 years of Yorkshire Oaks history only two equine ladies have achieved double victories; Only Royale set the precedent in 1993 and 1994, Islington followed in her fast footsteps in 2002 and 2003. While the equine glory might be a shared affair, the single most successful human to ever compete on the track is clearly indentified. Jockey Fred Archer, who dominated the scene in the late 1800s, rode eight winners in the Yorkshire Oaks from 1875 to 1886.

Recent Winners of the Yorkshire Oaks:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time

2010

Midday

Tom Queally

Henry Cecil

2:30.53

2009

Dar Re Mi

Jimmy Fortune

John Gosden

2:30.98

2008

Lush Lashes

Kevin Manning

Jim Bolger

2:25.11

2007

Peeping Fawn

Johnny Murtagh

Aidan O'Brien

2:32.70

2006

Alexandrova

Michael Kinane

Aidan O'Brien

2:32.41

2005

Punctillious

Kerrin McEvoy

Saeed Bin Suroor

2:28.76

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