The 160th Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 3rd June 1938 and was won by Rockfel (3/1 fav), by Felstead out of Rockliffe trained by Ossie Bell, who won by 4 lengths in 2 mins 37.40 secs. The winner won £7,320 (Equivalent to £460,000 in 2017) and there were 14 runners.

The Youtube link below is a 2 minutes 19 second clip of the 1938 race


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
ROCKFEL Harry Wragg Ossie Bell Sir Hugo Cunliffe-Owen 3/1
RADIANT Charlie Smirke Frank Butters Miss Dorothy Paget 100/7
SOLAR FLOWER Dick Perryman Frank Butters Mr A Butt 100/9
SLY ABBESS T Weston Lawson Sir Abe Bailey 20/1
OCEAN BASE Michael Beary Hogg Lord Glanely 33/1
SHREW Charlie Elliott France Mr Esmond 7/1
STAFARALLA Brownie Carslake Frank Mattern Prince Aly Khan 100/7
NIGHT BIRD T Lowrey Barling Mr T Blackwell 7/1
RATTOO P Maher Whitaker Miss Cowley 100/6
SWEET CORN Billy Nevett Jack Jarvis Sir G Bullough 100/8
LADY NOEL Bill Rickaby Digby Mr Digby 33/1
CROIX DE FEU Gordon Richards Fred Darling Mrs Macdonald-Buchanan 100/7
KNOLE STAR J Marshall Walter Nightingall Mrs J Wilkinson 11/2
BONNET Eph Smith Jack Jarvis Lord Rosebery 20/1

In the Official 3-Y-O Free Handicap Oaks and 1000 Guineas winner Rockfel was rated equal to Derby winner Bois Roussel, 6lbs higher than St Leger winner Scottish Union, and 7lbs higher than 2000 Guineas winner Pasch. Based on their entire career performances this site rates Rockfel and Bois Roussel equal, 6lbs higher than Pasch, and 8lbs higher than Scottish Union.

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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