Lingfield Oaks Trial

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Oaks Trial Stakes
Listed race
Location Lingfield Park
Lingfield, England
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Betfred
Website Lingfield Park
Race information
Distance 1m 3f 133y (2,334m)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Penalties
6 lb for Group winners *
3 lb for Listed winners *
* after 31 August 2016
Purse £40,000 (2017)
1st: £22,684
Lingfield Oaks Trial
2017
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Hertford Dancer Pocketfullofdreams The Sky Is Blazing

The Oaks Trial Stakes is a Listed flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old fillies. It is run over a distance 1 mile, 3 furlongs and 106 yards (2,334 metres) at Lingfield Park in May.

History[edit]

The event serves as a trial for the Epsom Oaks. Prior to World War II, it was called the Oaks Trial Plate.[1] It became the Oaks Trial Stakes after the war.[2]

The left-handed track at Lingfield Park is similar to that at Epsom. It has an undulating, cambered terrain with a sharp downhill turn into the home straight.

The Oaks Trial Stakes was formerly contested over 1 mile and 4 furlongs. It held Group 3 status from 1971 to 1985,[3] and was relegated to Listed level in 1986.[4] It was cut to its present distance in 1990.

Several contenders have subsequently won the Oaks. The most recent was Look Here, the runner-up in 2008.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey since 1960 (6 wins):

  • Pat EdderySuni (1978), Out of Shot (1984), Bahamian (1988), Asterita (1995), Lady Carla (1996), Santa Sophia (2003)

Leading trainer since 1960 (7 wins):

  • Henry CecilTants (1982), Mill on the Floss (1986), Rafha (1990), Lady Carla (1996), Ramruma (1999), Double Crossed (2001), Midday (2009)

Winners since 1971[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1971 Maina Lester Piggott Noel Murless 2:39.00
1972 Ginevra Tony Murray Ryan Price 2:49.40
1973 Syrona Brian Taylor Harry Wragg 2:46.30
1974 Riboreen Brian Taylor John Winter 2:39.80
1975 Juliette Marny Lester Piggott Jeremy Tree 2:45.70
1976 Heaven Knows Eric Eldin Ron Smyth 2:40.50
1977 Lucent Brian Taylor Ryan Price 2:48.40
1978 Suni Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn
1979 Reprocolor Greville Starkey Michael Stoute
1980 Gift Wrapped Philip Robinson Frankie Durr
1981 Leap Lively John Matthias Ian Balding
1982 Tants Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1983 Give Thanks Declan Gillespie Jim Bolger
1984 Out of Shot Pat Eddery John Dunlop
1985 Kiliniski Brian Rouse John Dunlop
1986 Mill on the Floss Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:41.98
1987 Port Helene Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:34.88
1988 Bahamian Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree 2:39.67
1989 Aliysa Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:32.06
1990 Rafha Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:28.97
1991 Ausherra Alan Munro Paul Cole 2:29.92
1992 User Friendly George Duffield Clive Brittain 2:30.27
1993 Oakmead John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 2:28.13
1994 Munnaya Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:33.95
1995 Asterita Pat Eddery Richard Hannon Sr. 2:28.54
1996 Lady Carla Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 2:25.03
1997 Crown of Light Olivier Peslier Michael Stoute 2:35.72
1998 Bristol Channel Darryll Holland Barry Hills 2:29.18
1999 Ramruma Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 2:31.48
2000 Film Script Richard Hughes Roger Charlton 2:32.36
2001 Double Crossed Richard Quinn Henry Cecil 2:31.63
2002 Birdie Richard Quinn Michael Bell 2:30.38
2003 Santa Sophia Pat Eddery John Dunlop 2:33.84
2004 Baraka Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 2:41.68
2005 Cassydora Seb Sanders John Dunlop 2:30.21
2006 Sindirana Christophe Soumillon Sir Michael Stoute 2:28.27
2007 Kayah Richard Hughes Ralph Beckett 2:31.52
2008 Miracle Seeker Adam Kirby Clive Cox 2:28.99
2009 Midday Tom Queally Henry Cecil 2:30.49
2010 Dyna Waltz Ryan Moore John Gosden 2:32.46
2011 Zain Al Boldan Sam Hitchcott Mick Channon 2:29.66
2012 Vow [a] Johnny Murtagh William Haggas 2:30.56
2013 Secret Gesture Jim Crowley Ralph Beckett 2:33.82
2014 Honor Bound Joe Fanning Ralph Beckett 2:32.42
2015 Toujours L'Amour Harry Bentley William Haggas 2:37.53
2016 Seventh Heaven Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:33.36
2017 Hertford Dancer Frankie Dettori John Gosden 2:32.07

a The 2012 running took place on Lingfield's all-weather track over 1 mile and 4 furlongs.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1933: Look Alive
  • 1934: Shining Cloud
  • 1935: Milldoria
  • 1936: Miss Windsor
  • 1937: Ruby Red
  • 1938: Night Bird
  • 1939: Foxcraft
  • 1940–45: no race
  • 1946: Iona
  • 1947: Solpax
  • 1948: Angelola
  • 1949: Squall
  • 1950: Stella Polaris
  • 1951: Chinese Cracker
  • 1952: Zabara
  • 1953: Nectarine
  • 1954: Angel Bright
  • 1955: Ark Royal
  • 1956: No Pretender
  • 1957: Crotchet
  • 1958: None Nicer
  • 1959: Mirnaya
  • 1960: Running Blue
  • 1961: Impudent
  • 1962: Nortia
  • 1963: Amicable
  • 1964: Beaufront
  • 1965: Quita
  • 1966: Varinia
  • 1967: Javata
  • 1968: Our Ruby
  • 1969: Sleeping Partner
  • 1970: Pulchra

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1938 Oaks Trial Plate". Glasgow Herald. 21 May 1938. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "1947 Oaks Trial Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 17 May 1947. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "1985 Oaks Trial Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 11 May 1985. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "1986 Oaks Trial Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 10 May 1986. Retrieved 1 April 2013.