Oaks (greyhounds)

This page is about the British Greyhound Race. For the Irish race, see Oaks (Irish greyhounds).

Oaks
Group 1 and Original Classic race
1959 Gurteen Scamp Oaks.jpg
1959 winner Gurteen Scamp
LocationPerry Barr Stadium
Inaugurated1927
SponsorArena Racing Company
Race information
Distance480 metres
SurfaceSand
Qualificationbitches only
Purse£15,000 (winner)

The Oaks is an original classic greyhound competition, held at Perry Barr Stadium.

It was run at White City Stadium from 1927 until 1958,[1][2] and gained classic status in September 1939, becoming the seventh classic race but due to the war it was suspended until 1945.[3] The race was held at Harringay Stadium from 1959 until 1987 and then to Wimbledon Stadium in 1988 until 2012.[4][5]

In 2013 the Greyhound Racing Association (GRA) decided to move the event to sister track Belle Vue Stadium and just five years later, during 2018, it switched to Towcester following the decision by GRA to reduce their major race schedule.[6] A sixth change of venue was necessary in 2018 following the sudden closure of Towcester, leading owner John Turner stepped in to save the event with a late scheduling being organised in December at Swindon Stadium.[7]

In 2021, the race was switched from Swindon to Perry Barr due to the ongoing saga surrounding Swindon's redevelopment.[8]

Venues & DistancesEdit

  • 1927 (White City, 500 y)
  • 1928–1958 (White City, 525 y)
  • 1959–1974 (Harringay, 525 y)
  • 1975–1987 (Harringay, 475 m)
  • 1988–2012 (Wimbledon, 480 m)
  • 2013-2017 (Belle Vue, 470 m)
  • 2018-2018 (Swindon, 480 m)
  • 2019-2020 (Swindon, 476 m)
  • 2021-2021 (Perry Barr, 480 m)

Past winnersEdit

Year Winner Breeding Trainer Time SP Notes
1927 Three of Spades Mutts Brother - Elnora Sid Jennings (Harringay) 29.96 sec 5–1
1928 Moselle Lax Law - Fly Again Jimmy Quinn (Private) 30.50 sec 1-2f
1929 Bewitching Eve Beaded Rock - Oriental Action Richard Cooper (Clapton) 30.33 sec 3-1
1930 Faithful Kitty Mutton Cutlet - Old Bridge Lass Stan Biss (West Ham) 30.02 sec 4–6f
1931 Drizzle De Novo - Edna Best Harry Woolner (White City) 30.00 sec 4–6f
1932 Queen of the Suir Mutton Cutlet - Burette Stan Biss (West Ham) 30.89 sec 9–4
1933 Queen of the Suir Mutton Cutlet - Burette Stan Biss (West Ham) 30.23 sec 2–5f
1934 Gallant Ruth Mick the Miller - Melksham Damsel Harry Buck (Harringay) 30.22 sec 10–11f
1935 Kitshine Macoma - Pleasant Note Arthur'Doc'Callanan (Wembley) 30.12 sec 11-2
1936 Genial Radiance Johnny Peters - Reymerston Austin Hiscock (Belle Vue) 29.86 sec 4–6f
1937 Brave Queen Deemster - Burette Stan Biss (West Ham) 29.62 sec 4–9f
1938 Quarter Day Lawyers Fee - House Keeper Joe Harmon (Wimbledon) 29.49 sec 4–5f
1945 Prancing Kitty Tanist - Be Careful Kitty Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon) 29.54 sec 13-8
1946 Dumbles Maid [9] Toward Point - Flash And Flare Stan Biss (Clapton) 29.42 sec 13-8
1947 Rio Cepretta Flying Dart - Rio Czarina Stan Biss (Clapton) 29.32 sec 6–5f
1948 Night Breeze Mad Tanist - Charity Maid Stan Biss (Clapton) 29.19 sec 4–1
1949 Still Drifting Shannon Shore - Bilting Antointette Sidney Probert (Wembley) 29.48 sec 11–2
1950 Caledonian Faith Train - Caledonian Desire Arthur Mountfield (Private) 29.62 sec 8–1
1951 Ballinasloe Mona Rimmells Black - Girlie O'Connor Jack Harvey (Wembley) 29.28 sec 6–4f
1952 Flos Pet Terrible Rebel - Drapers Assistant Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon) 29.60 sec 8–1 dead-heat
1952 Monachdy Girlie Local Interprize - Golden Gleam Jimmy Jowett (Clapton) 29.60 sec 10–1 dead-heat
1953 Lizette Master Captain - Dorothy Ann Paddy Fortune (Wimbledon) 29.18 sec 6–4f
1954 Ashcott Winsome Chittering Choice - Winsome Complexion Bert Heyes (White City) 29.39 sec 100–6
1955 Lizette [10] Master Captain - Dorothy Ann Jack Harvey (Wembley) 29.52 sec 6–4
1956 First But Last Cheerful Chariot - Here At Last Jack Harvey (Wembley) 29.08 sec 2–7f
1957 Dark Rose Polonius - Exhibitionist W.G.Brown (Private) 29.02 sec 4–6f
1958 Antarctica Fire Prince - Spitland Joy Jimmy Jowett (Clapton) 29.12 sec 7–2
1959 Gurteen Scamp Hi There – Dunmore Claudia George Waterman (Wimbledon) 29.90 sec 11–2
1960 Wheatfield Countess Hi There - Wheatfield Satellite Stan Martin (Wimbledon) 29.33 sec 5–4f
1961 Ballinasloe Blondie Northern King - Ballinasloe Chicken Jack Harvey (Wembley) 29.58 sec 2–7f
1962 Ballinasloe Blondie [11] Northern King - Ballinasloe Chicken Jack Harvey (Wembley) 29.68 sec 1-2f
1963 Cranog Bet [12] Knock Hill Chieftain - Don't Bet Phil Rees Sr. (Private) 29.31 sec 7–2
1964 Cranog Bet [13] Knock Hill Chieftain - Don't Bet Phil Rees Sr. (Private) 29.02 sec 4–9f equalled track record
1965 Marjone Crazy Parachute - Anjone Mick O'Toole (Ireland) 29.37 sec 4–1
1966 Merry Emblem Printers Prince - One For The Major Matt Bruton (Ireland) 29.58 sec 7–4
1967 Solerina Crazy Parachute - Primrose Princess Janice Thistleton (Catford) 29.50 sec 12-1
1968 Shady Parachute Crazy Parachute - Shady Contempora Phil Rees Sr. (Wimbledon) 29.38 sec 1-2f
1969 Shady Bracelet Printers Prince - Shady Crocus Peter Collett (Private) 28.63 sec 7–4f
1970 Perth Pat Maryville Hi - Hiver Swanky Jim Morgan (Oxford) 28.81 sec 13–8f
1971 Short Cake The Grand Silver - She Is Landing David Geggus (Walthamstow) 28.98 sec 5–1
1972 Decimal Queen Dusty Trail - Roamin Beauty Mick Hawkins (Private) 28.60 sec 6–4f
1973 Miss Ross Myross Again - Rich Life Tom Johnston Jr. (Wembley) 28.63 sec 8–1
1974 Lady Devine Supreme Fun - Funny Flash Sid Ryall (Wembley) 28.76 sec 3–1
1975 Pineapple Grand The Grand Silver - Pineapple Baby Frank Baldwin (Perry Barr) 28.85 sec 8-11f
1976 Ballinderry Moth [14] Kilbelin Style - Skipping Chick Barney O'Connor (Walthamstow) 28.60 sec 4–6f
1977 Switch Off Westpark Mint - Kudas Pinch Jim Singleton (Harringay) 28.69 sec 6-4f
1978 Kilmagoura Mist Yanka Boy - Kilmagoura Fair Tom Johnston Jr. (Wembley) 28.55 sec 10–1
1979 Sunny Interval Itsachampion - Cloheadon Pussy Philip Rees Jr. (Wimbledon) 28.77 sec 12–1
1980 Devilish Dolores Itsachampion - Dancing Dolores Ernie Gaskin Sr. (Private) 28.72 sec 20–1
1981 Thanet Princess Instant Gambler - Isle Of Thanet Dick Hawkes (Walthamstow) 28.82 sec 11–2
1982 Duchess of Avon Ballintee Star - Quarry Blaze Adam Jackson (Wembley) 28.72 sec 1–1f
1983 Major Grove Knockrour Tiger - Sandras Melody Eric Pateman (Wimbledon) 28.59 sec 6–1
1984 Sandy Sally Sand Man - Ballyderg Moth Jack Coker (Milton Keynes) 28.69 sec 9–2
1985 Spiral Super Cooladine Super - Spiral Mint George Curtis (Brighton) 28.57 sec 10–11f
1986 Sullane Princess Oran Jack - Muileann Amere Peter Payne (Romford) 28.79 sec 20–1
1987 Lucky Empress Citizen Supreme - Dark Empress Allen Briggs (Private) 28.43 sec 2–1
1988 Wendys Dream Tamarac - Up Town Girl Tommy Foster (Wimbledon) 28.81 sec 4–5f
1989 Nice and Lovely Plunket Tim - Luisa Daniella Derek Tidswell (Private) 29.02 sec 9–4
1990 Liberal Girl Easy And Slow - Ballinvard Rose Derek Knight (Brighton) 28.95 sec 5–1
1991 Simple Trend Moral Support - Woodside Breeze Ernie Gaskin Sr. (Walthamstow) 29.06 sec 2–1f
1992 Skelligs Smurf Skelligs Tiger - Speedy Smurf Bob Gilling (Reading) 29.71 sec 11–8f
1993 Pearls Girl Flashy Sir - Desert Pearl Sam Sykes (Wimbledon) 28.55 sec 8–11f
1994 Westmead Chick[15] I'm Slippy - Westmead Move Nick Savva (Walthamstow) 28.60 sec 8–11f
1995 Saddlers Return April Trio - Velvet Coat Ernie Gaskin Sr. (Walthamstow) 28.76 sec 3–1
1996 Annies Bullet Slippys Quest - O'Hickey Kylie Nick Savva (Walthamstow) 28.76 sec 7–4jf
1997 Flashy Get[16] Murlens Slippy - Flashy Fiona Ernie Gaskin Sr. (Walthamstow) 28.75 sec 14–1
1998 Sarah Dee[17] Arrigle Buddy - Castlegannon Pop Nick Savva (Walthamstow) 28.82 sec 6–4f
1999 Springtime Vintage Prince - Meantime Ger Watson (Ireland) 28.97 sec 4–9f
2000 Ragga Juju Justright Melody - Cent Her Forward Joanne Page (Milton Keynes) 29.29 sec 7–1
2001 Talktothehand Top Honcho - Merry Bluebell Jimmy Gibson (Belle Vue) 29.06 sec 6–4jf
2002 Purley Queen Frisby Flashing - Traceys Whisper Norah McEllistrim (Wimbledon) 29.14 sec 8–1
2003 Cooly Pantera Spiral Nikita - Direen Havana Brian Clemenson (Hove) 29.18 sec 11–8f
2004 Tidyplayroom Smooth Rumble - Toss Stella Derek Knight (Hove) 29.27 sec 5–1
2005 Droopys Stacey [18] Droopys Kewell – Droopy Roberta Ian Reilly (Ireland) 29.10 sec 4–6f
2006 Dilemmas Flight [19] Droopys Vieri – Early Flight Nick Savva (Private) 28.96 sec 7–1
2007 Blonde Jeannie [20] Daves Mentor – Easy and Breezy John Mullins (Private) 28.76 sec 2–1
2008 Meenala Amy [21] Droopys Shearer – Lassana Jenny Kim Billingham (Monmore) 28.99 sec 10–1
2009 Shaws Dilemma [22] Droopys Vieri – Saffron Border Liz McNair (Private) 28.52 sec 5–2
2010 Freedom Emma [23] Brett Lee – Miss Freckles Richard Yeates (Oxford) 28.68 sec 5–2
2011 Silverview Perky [24] Head Bound - Owens Rover Charlie Lister OBE (Private) 28.40 sec 1–1f
2012 Droopys Hope [25] Ace Hi Rumble – Droopys Darjina Liz McNair (Private) 28.83 sec 2–1
2013 Droopys Danneel Rumble Impact – Droopys Bubble Kevin Hutton (Swindon) 27.97 sec 7–4f
2014 Cashen Maureen [26] Cashen Legend – Leigh Fantastic Mark Wallis (Towcester) 27.99 sec 4–6f
2015 Domino Storm [27] Makeshift – Swift Erin Mark Wallis (Towcester) 27.59 sec 5–2
2016 Forest Twilight [28] Ace Hi Rumble - Forest May Hayley Keightley (Private) 27.79 sec 6-4f
2017 Wuheida [29] Head Bound - Droopys Thrill Phil Simmonds (Romford) 28.74 sec 11-4
2018 Ravenswood Flo[30] Laughil Blake - Ravenswood May Kevin Hutton (Monmore) 28.82 sec 3-1
2019 Bull Run Byte[31] Romeo Recruit –Tullowmac Java Kevin Hutton (Monmore) 28.29 sec 7/4
2020 Ballymac Trend[32] Ballymac Best – Motobar Abigail Angie Kibble (Swindon) 28.41 sec 25/1
2021 Billys Diva[33] Good News – Jaytee Sahara Marie Kennedy (Ireland) 28.88 sec 2/1f

SponsorsEdit

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