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 1841 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 ORELIA P Conolly 5-8st 8lbs Mr Goodman 13/1
2 THE CORSAIR Wakefield 5-8st 6lbs Lord Lichfield 100/6
3 ST FRANCIS Jem Robinson 6-10st 6lbs Mr Pettit 50/1
4 ARCTIC S Rogers aged-9st 2lbs Mr S Herbert 50/1
5 WELFARE Nat Flatman 4-8st 7lbs Mr Payne 7/1
6 DOCTOR CAIUS T Lye 4-8st 2lbs Lord Eglinton 11/4 fav
7 LADY LIVERPOOL Sam Darling 4-8st 0lbs Sir C Cockerell 50/1
8 THE JOVIAL BACHELOR Hessletine 4-7st 12lbs Mr Smith 50/1
9 BOSPHORUS S Mann 5-7st 10lb Lord Exeter 50/1
10 I AM NOT AWARE J Chapple 6-7st 7lbs Colonel Peel 50/1
11 MULETEER Pettit 4-7st 4lbs Mr Sigsworth 50/1
12 ISABELLA Crouch 6-7st 2lbs Mr Goodman 100/6
13 MONOPS Cotton 4-7st 2lbs Mr Gardnor 10/1
14 EXIT Whitehouse 4-7st 0lbs Lord Albemarle 12/1
15 WIRRESTREW Stagg 5-6st 7lbs Lord Milltown 50/1
16 MASTER TOMMY Percy 4-6st 7lbs Mr Bayly 100/7
17 HENRI QUATRE Francis 3-6st 4lbs Lord Chesterfield 11/1
18 CARLOTTA H Bell 4-6st 4lbs Mr Gratwicke 10/1
19 MONSIEUR LE SAGE W Howlett 3-5st 7lbs Colonel Wyndham 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 28th July 1841 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 151 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £42,000 in 2021) Over round 117%