The 181st Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 5th June 1959 and was won by Petite Etolie (11/2), by Petition out of Star of Iran trained by Noel Murless, who won by 3 lengths in 2 mins 35.8 secs. The winner won £21,155 (Equivalent to £455,000 in 2017) and there were 11 runners.


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
PETITE ETOILE Lester Piggott Noel Murless Prince Aly Khan 11/2
CANTELO Edward Hide Elsey Mr William Hill 7/4
ROSE OF MEDINA Eph Smith Noel Murless Mr J R Hindley 100/8
COLLYRIA Doug Smith Noel Murless Sir Victor Sassoon 100/8
CALCEOLARIA Geoff Lewis Henry Candy Mrs M Wyatt 33/1
MIRNAYA Willie Carr Captain Cecil Boyd-Rochfort Sir Richard Sykes 2/1
CHANTER Edgar Britt P Beasley Mr H Leggat 25/1
NOBLE LASSIE Willie Snaith Major W R Hern Major L B Holliday 40/1
DONA ANA Jimmy Lindley Noel Murless Colonel B Hornung 40/1
NUMBER ONE Joe Mercer Major W R Hern Major L B Holliday 40/1
IMAGINE Joe Sime P Beasley Mrs J Shaw 25/1
      Over Round 118%
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