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 1839 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 BARNACLES P Conolly 6-8st 1lbs Mr Treen 16/1
2 MORELLA Pettit 4-6st 10lbs Mr Greville 20/1
3 CONFUSIONEE W Howlett 3-5st 0lbs Duke of Richmond 3/1 fav
4 ST BENNETT T Lye 5-9st 0lbs Lord Eglinton 12/1
5 MERVAN Nat Flatman 5-8st 0lbs Captain Williamson 25/1
6 CHIT-CHAT E Edwards 5-8st 0lbs Captain Lamb 25/1
7 RUBY Sly 5-8st 0lbs Mr V King 25/1
8 JOANNINA Cotton 4-6st 13lbs Lord Jersey 16/1
9 HOOGHLEY W Day 4-6st 12lbs Duke of Richmond 25/1
10 I AM NOT AWARE Arthur Pavis 4-6st 12lbs Colonel Peel 15/1
11 CORNBOROUGH Balchin 5-6st 10lbs Mr J Garrard 25/1
12 WEE WILLIE J Cartwright 4-6st 10lbs Mr Meiklam 25/1
13 THE LORD MAYOR Francis 3-6st 10lbs Lord Westminster 9/2
14 THE FRIAR Dodgson 4-6st 11lbs Mr McDonogh 22/1
15 ROMANIA Percy 4-6st 4lbs Mr Hornsby 14/1
16 I WISH YOU MAY GET IT J Chapple 4-6st 12lbs Mr Fulwar Craven 25/1
This race took place on Wednesday 31st July 1839 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 128 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £42,000 in 2021) Over round 114%