Goodwood Stakes

The Goodwood Stakes (Handicap) is the second oldest race still staged at the Glorious Goodwood Festival having first been run in 1823 in its current format. However, some might claim that it is the oldest race, since a Goodwood Stakes over 2 miles was staged at the 1811 meeting, a year before the inaugural running of the present day Goodwood Cup, while others would assert that a Goodwood Silver Cup was first held in 1808. It is a handicap for 3-year-olds and above over 2miles 5 furlongs, although it has fluctuated between 2 miles 5 furlongs and 2 miles throughout its history, and is currently contested over 2 miles 4 furlongs and 134 yards, making it a wonderful spectacle for the crowd, as it starts in front of the stands and is the longest presently run at the Festival.
Early history:-The inaugural running of the Goodwood Stakes was on Tuesday 12th August 1823 when the Duke of Richmond's Dandizette defeated Lord Egremont's Young Gohanna colt, although on the same card the Old Goodwood Club Stakes saw Lord Egremont’s Elfrid beat Mr C Day's Victorine.

Goodwood Stakes 1827 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 MISS CRAVEN Frank Buckle junior 3-7st 2lbs Duke of Richmond 4/5 fav
2 ROYAL OAK John Day 4-7st 13lbs Lord Mountcharles
3 BLACK SWAN George Dockeray 4-8st 13lbs Lord Egremont
4 ESCAPE Arthur Pavis 5-8st 8lbs Mr J Dilly
This race took place on Wednesday 15th August 1827 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 26 subscribers and it was valued at 100 guineas (equivalent to £10,000 in 2021) Over round N/A