The 178th Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 8th June 1956 and was won by Sicarelle (3/1 fav), by Sicambre out of Royale Maitresse trained by Francois Mathet, who won by 3 lengths in 2 mins 42.00 secs. The winner won £15,013 (Equivalent to £362,000 in 2017) and there were 14 runners.


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
SICARELLE Freddie Palmer Francois Mathet (Fr) Mme. Suzy Volterra 3/1
JANIARI Serge Boullenger France M M Boussac 100/8
YASMIN Jean Massard France Prince Aly Khan 25/1
HONEYLIGHT Edgar Britt Elsey Sir Victor Sassoon 11/2
CALDERA Roger Poincelet France Mr R B Strassburger 100/7
MYTHICAL Geoff Lewis R Smyth Mr E P Taylor 50/1
NO PRETENDER Willie Snaith H Cottrill Major L B Holliday 9/1
FOLLOWING BREEZE Scobie Breasley Norman Bertie Mr C Nicholson 100/8
FAIRY GROVE Willie Carr Captain Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Mrs J Thursby 20/1
HUSTLE Eph Smith T E Leader Mr H J Joel 100/7
FRENCH POLISH Doug Smith J F Watts Lord Derby 25/1
PITTER PATTER Manny Mercer G Colling Lord Manton 7/1
GARDEN STATE Lester Piggott Harry Wragg Mr Harry Wragg 100/6
PHAROAH'S DAUGHTER Stan Clayton G Brooke Wing-Commander T A Vigors 50/1
      Over Round 115%
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