We concentrate on three jockeys who have had success in the Epsom Oaks, beginning with the most successful in recent times.
One of the great jockeys of our times, Fallon is a four time winner of the Epsom Oaks, but due to complex difficulties he will not be involved this year. However it would be wrong not to single him out as some of his greatest experiences in racing have come in this race.
Probably his most famous victory was in 2004 when he rode the Ed Dunlop trained, Ouija Board to victory. She went on to become one of the mosdt popular and successful horses in training, winning also the Irish Oaks and two Breeders Cup Turfs as well as four other Group Ones.
Fallon has been British Champion jockey on six occasions and has won a total of fifteen English Classics. He should be back in the saddle in September 2009 and the racing world holds its breath in antipation
A twice winner of the Epsom Oaks, Kinane has been around the top echelons of horse racing for many years and being 50 years old this year his illustrious career is surely coming to an end. That said, he is till one of the great jockeys and is as hungry as ever for success.
Kinane won the race in 1998 and 2001 when he was stable jockey to Aiden O’Brien at Ballydoyle; the two horses were Shatoushe and Imagine. Mick has a total of eight English Classic wins but has also won a further ten Irish Classics plus two victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe .
A winner of the Epsom Oaks in 2005 on Eswarah, Richard hills is the twin brother of Michael Hills an equally successful jockey. They are just two of the sons of trainer, Barry Hills who are a family of international horse racing repute. Richard rode his first winner back in 1979 and has been one of the most consistent yet often unsung jockeys of our time.
He has won a total of five English Classics, including two in the 1000 Guineas. Richard will no doubt be on one of the Epsom Oaks runners for this years race and should not be overlooked if he is on a horse that ranks high in the betting