|By Sir Alfred Munnings. Image size 20'' x 16'' (50 x 40 cms).
The Oaks Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to three year old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Epsom Downs over 1½ miles and takes place every June. It is one of the five great classic races of British flat racing and it corresponds to The Derby, which is restricted to colts.
The race was first run in 1779.
This picture by Munnings depicts Saucy Sue winning the 1925 version of the race, ridden by Frank Bullock, trained by Alec Taylor Jr. and owned by the Second Viscount Astor.
The same combination of trainer and owner also won The Oaks in 1922 and 1926 and the trainer was so successful that for different owners he added The Oaks in 1910, 1917, 1918, 1919 and 1921.
The only time that the race has left Epsom was during the Second World War between 1940 and 1945, when it moved to Newmarket, as it had during the First World War between 1915 and 1918.