The 85th Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 22nd May 1863 and was won by Queen Bertha (40/1), by Kingston out of Flax trained by John Scott, who won by a head in 2 mins 54 secs. The winner won £4,845 (Equivalent to £542,600 in 2017) and there were 20 runners.


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
QUEEN BERTHA Tom Aldcroft John Scott 6th Viscount Falmouth 40/1
MARIGOLD Doyle Mr Hargreaves 7/1
VIVID Watkins Count Frederic de Lagrange 20/1
ISOLINE C Marlow Mr Parr 100/6
OLD ORANGE T Ashmall Mr Bowes 100/1
SPITFIRE KITTY H Grimshaw Mr Ward 100/1
LADY AGUSTA Custance Lord Stamford 11/2
SEA NYMPH A Edwards Lord Stamford 6/1
BOREALIS Challoner Mr L'Anson 5/2
COUNTESS Midgley Mr Saxon 100/3
AMELIA S Rogers Lord Exeter 25/1
MISS ARMSTRONG J Snowden Mr F Watts 100/6
THE ORPHAN Reeves Lord St Vincent 100/3
FANTAIL W Boyce Mr Perry 100/3
CADEAU John Daley Lord Anglesey 50/1
TORNADO George Fordham Mr Ten Broeck 100/8
GOLD DUST Norman Mr Fleming 100/3
GRATITUDE Wells Mr W Robinson 20/1
THALESTRIS J Adams Lord Coventry 100/1
GOLDEN DUST A Cowley Mr Brayley 25/1
    Over Round 124%
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