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Epsom Oaks Day

Also known as Ladies Day, The Epsom Oaks Day is the first day of the two-day Epsom Derby Festival which takes place at Epsom Downs Racecourse every year with the Derby Day always falling on the first Saturday of June.

Here are the races you can expect to witness on this wonderful day of exceptional horse racing at The Epsom Derby Festival 2021:

The Class 2 Woodcote EBF Stakes

The first race that takes place on Epsom Oaks Day at Epsom Downs Racecourse for The Epsom Derby Festival is The Class 2 Woodcote EBF Stakes, beginning at around 14:00.

Exclusively open to horses aged just two years old, The Class 2 Woodcote EBF Stakes is a Class 2 European Breeders Fund conditions flat race that runs 6 furlongs and 3 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Contested by five runners last time out on its rearranged date in 2020, The Class 2 Woodcote EBF Stakes offers a prize pool worth £20,000, although this figure is usually double as much. Here’s how much was assigned to each placement position:

1st place – 9/4 Twaasol (GB) – £12,450

2nd place – 9/4 Modern News (GB) – £3,728

3rd place – 11/4 Mutazawwed (IRE) – £1,864

4th place – 7/1 Inhaler (GB) – £932

The Class 2 Epsom Mile Handicap

The second race that takes place on Epsom Oaks Day for The Epsom Derby Festival at Epsom Downs Racecourse every Summer is The Class 2 Epsom Mile Handicap, beginning at around 14:35.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Class 2 Epsom Mile Handicap is a Class 2 handicap flat race that runs 1 mile and 113 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Contested by twelve runners last time out in 2019, The Class 2 Epsom Mile Handicap offered a purse worth £40,000 to the first four horses that successfully completed the race. Here’s how much each placed horse received:

1st place – 3/1 G K Chesterton (IRE) – £24,900

2nd place – 20/1 Mythical Madness (GB) – £7,456

3rd place – 14/1 Home Cummins (IRE) – £3,728

4th place – 33/1 Forceful Appeal (USA) – £1,864

The Class 1 Coronation Cup

The third race that is run on Ladies Day at The Epsom Derby Festival every year is The Class 1 Coronation Cup, beginning at around 15:10 at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Class 1 Coronation Cup is a Class 1 flat race that runs the same total distance as The Oaks at 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Ten runners participated in this race last time it was run in 2019, competing for a share of a £420,000 prize pool. Here’s how that prize pool was shared between each of the placing horses:

1st place – 9/4 Highland Reel (IRE) – £238,182

2nd place – 9/1 Frontiersman (GB) – £90,300

3rd place – 11/2 Hawkbill (USA) – £45,192

4th place – 33/1 Elbereth (GB) – £22,512

The Class 2 Epsom Handicap

The fourth race that is run annually on Day One, Epsom Oaks Day, at Epsom Downs Racecourse for The Epsom Derby Festival, is The Class 2 Epsom Handicap race, beginning at around 15:45.

Open to horses aged four years old and above, The Class 2 Epsom Handicap race is a Class 2 handicap flat race that runs 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 17 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.

£25,000 was the reduced prize pool when The Class 2 Epsom Handicap race was rearranged last time out due to the global pandemic, which was shared accordingly between the first four horses to successfully pass the final post:

1st place – 22/1 Sky Defender (GB) – £15,562

2nd place – 11/1 Breath Caught (GB) – £4,660

3rd place – 10/1 Tinandali (IRE) – £2,330

4th place – 16/1 Data Protection (GB) – £1,165

The Class 1 Epsom Oaks

The fifth and featured race of Epsom Oaks Day at The Epsom Derby Festival every year is The Class 1 Epsom Oaks, beginning at around 16:30.

Exclusively open to horses aged three years old, The Class 1 Epsom Oaks is a Class 1 flat race that runs 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 10 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.

As a result of the global pandemic in 2020, The Class 1 Epsom Oaks was one of the rescheduled Epsom Derby Festival races that took place a month later than usual. Although the prize pool for this race is usually around half a million, it was just half this amount at the rescheduled event in 2020. Here’s how the prize pool was split:

1st place – 11/10 Love (IRE) – £141,775

2nd place – 6/1 Ennistymon (IRE) – £53,750

3rd place – 7/4 Frankly Darling (GB) – £26,900

4th place – 16/1 Queen Daenerys (IRE) – £13,400

The Class 1 Surrey Stakes

The penultimate race that takes place on Epsom Oaks Day at The Epsom Derby Festival every Summer is The Class 1 Surrey Stakes, beginning at around 17:15.

Open exclusively to horses aged three years old, The Class 1 Surrey Stakes is a Class 1 flat race that runs just 7 furlongs and three yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.

The Class 1 Surrey Stakes was another race that had to be rescheduled last time out and offered a purse worth half the usual amount. Here’s how much of the £25,500 prize pool was assigned to each placement position:

1st place – 6/5 Safe Voyage (IRE) – £14,461

2nd place – 5/1 Vale Of Kent (IRE) – £5,482

3rd place – 5/1 Shine So Bright (GB) – £2,744

4th place – 6/1 Oh This Is Us (IRE) – £1,367

The Class 2 3YO Handicap

The final race that is run for The Epsom Derby Festival’s Epsom Oaks Day every June, or May if the first Saturday of June falls on the 1st of the month, is The Class 2 3YO Handicap, beginning at around 17:50.

Exclusively open to horses aged three years old, The Class 2 3YO Handicap is a Class 2 handicap flat race that runs just 7 furlongs and 3 yards of Epsom Downs Racecourse.

At the last edition of The Class 2 3YO Handicap back in 2019, the prize pool was £40,000. Here’s how that generous purse was split between the placing competitors:

1st place – 4/1 Juanito Chico (IRE) – £24,900

2nd place – 7/1 Wahash (IRE) – £7,456

3rd place – 5/1 Black Trilby (IRE) – £3,728

4th place – 20/1 Dr Julius No (GB) – £1,864

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