The 196th Oaks Stakes took place on Saturday 8th June 1974 and was won by Polygamy (3/1 fav), by Reform out of Seventh Bride trained by Noel Murless, who won by a length in 2 mins 39.39 secs. The winner won £40,579 (Equivalent to £450,500 in 2017) and there were 15 runners.


Horse Jockey Trainer Owner/Betting
POLYGAMY Pat Eddery Noel Murless Louis Freedman 3/1
FURIOSO Tony Murray Harry Wragg Mr R Moller 16/1
MATUTA Bill Pyers Maurice Zilber (Fr) Mr Nelson Bunker Hunt 16/1
PEACE AND CONCORDE Y Josse G Bridgland (Fr) Sir W Dugdale 33/1
MIL'S BOMB Geoff Lewis Noel Murless Mr Luis Freedman 13/1
NORTHERN GEM Eric Eldin Doug Smith Mr B Roberts 10/1
WOW Yves Saint-Martin Angel Penna (Fr) Mr Daniel Wildenstein 20/1
ELEGANT TERN Philip Waldron Ian Balding Mr Paul Mellon 22/1
NORTHERN PRINCESS Alan Kimberley Jeremy Hindley Mr S Yoshida 13/1
DANCE ALL NIGHT John Curant Ken Payne Miss C Hall-Dove 100/1
BETRAYAL Joe Mercer Major W R Hern Mr J J Astor 33/1
ESCORIAL Lester Piggott Ian Balding HM Queen Elizabeth II 100/30
ALWAYS FAITHFUL Michael Kettle Clive Brittain Mrs K Mahors 33/1
RIBOREEN Brian Taylor J Winter Mr D Prenn 14/1
DIBIDALE Willie Carson Barry Hills Mr N Robinson 6/1
      Over Round 124%
I am grateful to Vinny Hinde for the scan of the racecard shown below:-
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