The 183rd Oaks Stakes took place on Friday 2nd June 1961 and was won by Sweet Solera (11/4 fav), by Solonawy out of Miss Gammon trained by Reg Day, who won by 1 1/2 lengths in 2 mins 39.4 secs. The winner won £18,103 (Equivalent to £384,000 in 2017) and there were 12 runners.


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
SWEET SOLERA Bill Rickaby Reg Day Mrs S M Castello 11/4 fav
AMBERGRIS Jimmy Lindley Harry Wragg Sir Percy Loraine 13/2
ANNE LA DOUCE Gerard Thiboeuf France Mr Charles Clore 100/6
TUNA GIRL Bill Williamson S McGrath (Ire) Mr J McGrath 100/7
LA BERGERETTE M Garcia France Mme Leon Volterra 9/2
INDIAN MELODY Scobie Breasley Whelan Mr F N Shane 10/1
APHRODITA Joe Mercer Harry Wragg Mr G A Oldham 22/1
HIGHLIGHT Willie Carr Captain Cecil Boyd-Rochfort HM Queen Elizabeth II 100/6
MYSTIFY Doug Smith Brooke Mr D Van Clief 100/6
VITALITY PLUS Lester Piggott H Blagrave Mr H G Blagrave 15/2
JACQUELINE ANN Duncan Keith H Smyth Mr W R Gibson 25/1
SOLAR FLORE Eph Smith Fred Winter Mr R C Boucher 22/1
      Over Round 116%
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