The Top 5 Oaks Champions of the 21st century

top 5 oaks champions

The Oaks is the third classic of the season which is contested between three-year-old fillies over a distance of one mile, four furlongs and ten yards.

The second oldest classic after the St Leger will take place on Friday at 4:30pm, Oaks day will also be live on ITV1 from 1:30pm including the Coronation Cup at 3:10pm. Wild Illusion is the market leader for this year’s renewal and if successful she will be the first winner in the race for both jockey James Doyle and trainer Charlie Appleby.

The Oaks is just two short days away and with that it mind here’s our top 5 champions of the 21st century.

Enable – 2017

Enable and Frankie Dettori winning The Investec Oaks

Last year’s Oaks was where Enable announced herself to the world as a superstar filly. Enable saw off the challenge from Rhododendron in the driving rain to win by five lengths with an absolutely ecstatic Frankie Dettori on-board.

Enable went on to become the 2017 Cartier Horse of the Year because of her incredible victories in the Irish Oaks, the King George where she beat the best the boys as well as the Yorkshire Oaks and the very best of the lot – the Arc!

A slight injury has held back her return this season, Royal Ascot and the Prince of Wales’s Stakes is a possibility in three weeks time.

 

Ouija Board – 2004

Ouija Board enjoying retirement. Credit: @Nick__lightfoot

Ouija Board might well be the best of the lot, the filly won seven Group One races all over the world including the US, Hong Kong, Ireland and the UK.

The 2004 Oaks was won in spectacular fashion by Ouija Board, winning by seven lengths to help jockey Kieran Fallon complete the Oaks / Derby double that year.

Her impressive career has earned her many accolades including European Champion Three-Year-old Filly and European Horse of the Year in 2004 and 2006.

 

Alexandrova – 2006

Alexandrova and Kieren Fallon winning The Oaks

Alexandrova had an incredible year as a three-year-old picking up the Epsom Oaks, Irish Oaks and Yorkshire Oaks in 2006, she was the first filly to achieve that triple since Ramruma in 1999.

The Aidan O’Brien trained horse was the 9/4 favourite heading into the Oaks and the bookies were right to put her as favourite as she had an electric turn of speed in the final furlongs to win by six lengths.

 

Taghrooda – 2014

Taghrooda and Paul Hanagan winners of
The Investec Oaks

The British thoroughbred had two major wins during her career which were the Oaks and the King George at Ascot. The two big triumphs earned her the title of the world’s top-rated three-year-old filly back in 2014.

Taghrooda started third favourite for the Oaks. In the race she was well placed heading into the straight and kicked first leading two furlongs out and stayed on strong to win by three and ¾ lengths.

 

Minding – 2016

Minding and Ryan Moore winning The Investec Oaks

Minding sadly had to retire because of an injury early last year injury but she’s had an incredible career as her record of nine wins from 13 races including six Group Ones shows.

The 2016 Oaks was a hard-fought battle with Architecture but Minding ended up winning by one and ¾  lengths which completed a 1,000 Guineas / Oaks double!

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