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 1845 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 MISS ELIS Kitchener 3-5st 7lbs Lord George Bentinck 14/1
2 RODERICK Crouch 6-6st 12lbs Mr F Ongley 30/1
3 LOTHARIO Nat Flatman 5-8st 11lbs Duke of Richmond 8/1
4 JOHN O'GAUNT Howlett aged-8st 3lbs Lord George Bentinck 100/1
5 ARISTIDES Job Marson 5-8st 2lbs Lord Eglinton 20/1
6 MORPETH Sly 4-7st 11lbs Mr H Robinson 20/1
7 VENUS W Marson 5-7st 9lbs Sir Joseph Hawley 25/1
8 NAWORTH Esling aged-7st 9lbs Lord George Bentinck 100/1
9 NOTTINGHAM Daley 5-7st 7lb Mr Clifton 50/1
10 PINEAPPLE Wakefield 5-7st 3lbs Mr Ramsbottom 10/1
11 AJAX J Chapple aged-7st 2lbs Mr S Herbert 25/1
12 THE LIBEL Arthur 3-7st 2lbs Mr A W Hill 14/1
13 A LA MODE Whitehouse 4-7st 0lbs Mr Mostyn 100/1
14 ROCHESTER Simpson 6-6st 10lbs Mr Collins 12/1
15 WEE PET Pettit 5-6st 9lbs Lord Exeter 11/1
16 BOARDING SCHOOL MISS Newman 4-6st 3lbs Lord Stradbroke 13/1
17 EUROPA A Day 5-6st 0lbs Mr Parr 20/1
18 COAL BLACK ROSE W Treen 4-5st 13lbs Lord George Bentinck 100/1
19 LAIRD O'COCKPEN W Abdale 3-5st 12lbs Duke of Richmond 25/1
20 PYTHIA J Prince 3-5st 3lbs Mr W H Johnstone 7/1 fav
21 AEGIS J Sharpe 3-4st 10lbs Mr Etwall 14/1
22 GIANTESS Donaldson 3-4st 10lbs Sir J B Mill 100/1
23 STUMPS Filly W H Treen junior 3-4st 0lbs Mr H J Thompson 100/1
This race took place on Wednesday 30th July 1845 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 133 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £41,000 in 2021) Over round 114%