The 161st Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 26th May 1939 and was won by Galatea (10/11 fav), by Dark Legend out of Galaday trained by Joe Lawson, who won by a head in 2 mins 40.40 secs. The winner won £8,043 (Equivalent to £496,300 in 2017) and there were 21 runners.


Horse Jockey Trainer OwnerBetting
GALATEA Bobby Jones Joe Lawson Robert Sterling Clark 10/11
WHITE FOX Charlie Elliott France Mr Esmond 9/1
SUPERBE Pat Beasley Captain Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Duchess of Marlborough 20/1
SONSIE WENCH Eph Smith Jack Jarvis Lord Rosebery 20/1
ARSENAL James Doyle P Thrale Mr D S Kennedy 50/1
SOFT IMPEACHMENT Michael Beary Lawson Sir Abe Bailey 50/1
ROYAL TRUCE M Wing Ireland Mr E Barry 50/1
SUGAR KANDY J Marshall F S Butters Mrs G Miller 50/1
BONAROBA G Bezant F Pratt Mr J de Rothschild 50/1
ROMANY NIGHT F Lane Steve Donoghue Sir Victot Sassoon 50/1
AVENA T Burns R Dawson Mr W Barnett 33/1
TITBIT Harry Wragg W Jarvis Sir R Brooke 50/1
AURORA R Perryman Earl Lord Derby 100/8
OLEIN T Lowrey B Jarvis Lord Glanely 11/2
VIRGINIA J Crouch W Jarvis Mr E Harmsworth 50/1
BALLATHIE W Sibbritt Scobie Sir C Hyde 50/1
KITTY FRISK J Thwaites Hammett Mr Latimer 33/1
ELLA A Charlie Smirke Duller Maharaja of Raypiplar 50/1
WILHELMINA J Taylor H Peacock Mrs C B Robinson 50/1
CURTAIN CALL Billy Nevett Captain Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Mr Jock Whitney 20/1
CASTILIAN PRINCESS Cliff Richards Barclay Mr Gulliver 50/1
      Over Round 123%
For further information on this Classic race 'The Oaks Stakes' by Michael Church provides a comprehensive history of the great race. It is a limited edition volume, limited to 650 copies, and is available from Amazon ISBN 1910498289