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 1833 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 LITTLE RED ROVER John Day 6-8st 6lbs Mr Biggs 2/1 fav
2 GUILDFORD Jem Robinson aged-8st 3lbs Mr Rush 12/1
3 CINDERELLA Bill Arnull 3-5st 2lbs Sir J D King 7/1
4 DONEGANI Charles Day 6-8st 2lbs Mr Cosby 50/1
5 WINDCLIFFE Marson junior 6-8st 7lbs Mr Robinson 8/1
6 LADY FLY Sam Day 4-8st 1lbs Mr Gully 15/1
7 LITTLE BOY BLUE Captain Berkeley aged-8st 1lbs Mr Isaac Day 20/1
8 WASSAILER J Grey 6-7st 9lbs Mr Wiltshire 20/1
9 TOURIST Nat Flatman 4-7st 4lbs Lord Chesterfield 7/1
10 RATTLE C Edwards 4-7st 3lbs Mr Rush 50/1
11 CLARA T Cowley 4-7st 2lbs Mr Finch 8/1
12 FRIAR TUCK Arthur Pavis 4-6st 12lbs Mr Gardnor 50/1
13 BALEINE F Boyce 3-6st 1lb Mr Kent 12/1
14 MARGRAVINE Norman 3-6st 1lb Mr Gratwicke 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 31st July 1833 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 81 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £38,000 in 2021) Over round 118%