The 78th Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 30th May 1856 and was won by Mincepie (5/2 fav), by Sweetmeat out of Foinnualla trained by John Day jnr, who won by a neck in 3 mins 4 secs. The winner won £3,345 (Equivalent to £329,600 in 2017) and there were 10 runners


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
MINCEPIE Alfred Day John Day jnr Mr Harry Hill 5/2
MELISSA Sly Lord Clifden 20/1
VICTORIA Bartholomew Mr Bowes 7/1
FAIR GERALDINE Ashmall Mr H Stone 100/6
MERMAID Wells Mr Howard 7/2
TYNE Flatman Mr White 8/1
COMEDY Charlton Baron Rothschild 10/1
SECRET J Osborne Mr W Cookson 10/1
SHOT Aldcroft Mr Wilkinson 50/1
SHADOW Kendall Mr Saunders 50/1
      Over Round 106%
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