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 1843 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 LUCY BANKS H Bell 4-7st 7lbs Mr Forth 9/1
2 SCALTEEN Francis 4-7st 7lbs Lord Milltown 14/1
3 ARISTOTLE Sim Templeman 4-8st 8lbs Mr Meiklam 12/1
4 JACK SHEPPARD Charles Marlow 5-8st 5lbs Mr E Peel 12/1
5 BLUE BONNET Job Marson 4-8st 3lbs Lord Eglinton 25/1
6 THE CURRIER S Rogers aged-8st 3lbs Duke of Richmond 25/1
7 TAMBURINI John Day junior aged-8st 0lbs Mr Isaac Day 6/1
8 GIVE HIM A NAME Nat Flatman 5-7st 12lbs Lord Glasgow 15/1
9 NAWORTH W Howlett 6-7st 8lb Lord George Bentinck 25/1
10 EMILIAN J Chapple 4-7st 6lbs Mr Martyn 25/1
11 MOBAREK S Mann 5-7st 5lbs Mr Braithwaite 12/1
12 BACCHUS T Lye 4-7st 0lbs Mr Ferguson 4/1 fav
13 FIDHAWN Dunn 5-6st 8lbs Lord Milltown 25/1
14 FOX T Day 3-5st 7lbs Count Batthyany 25/1
15 THE WHALER Kitchener 3-feather Duke of Richmond 10/1
This race took place on Wednesday 26th July 1843 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 161 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £42,000 in 2021) Over round 115%