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 1846 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 JONATHAN WILD Rider 3-4st 7lbs Mr O'Brien 10/1
2 THE HERO Donaldson 3-5st 7lbs Mr John Day 4/1 fav
3 DULCET W Butler 4-6st 10lbs Mr Parr 50/1
4 A LA MODE F Butler 5-8st 4lbs Sir Joseph Hawley 12/1
5 GLOSSY J Holmes 6-8st 2lbs Sir Charles Monck 50/1
6 VOL-AU-VENT Pettit 5-7st 2lbs Mr Drinkald 40/1
7 RED ROBIN Nat Flatman 4-7st 5lbs Major Yarburgh 7/1
8 CLUMSY Esling 4-6st 12lbs Lord George Bentinck 50/1
9 PIC-NIC Kitchener 4-6st 11lb Duke of Richmond 50/1
10 MY MARY W Abdale 4-6st 10lbs Lord George Bentinck 50/1
11 CONNAUGHT RANGER Crouch 4-6st 9lbs Mr Irwin 7/1
12 GIANTESS A Day 4-6st 7lbs Sir J B Mills 20/1
13 TEETOTALLER Hutchinson aged-6st 6lbs Mr Menzie 50/1
14 IMA W Treen aged-6st 2lbs Mr Treen 50/1
15 SIR GIGGORY DIDDLE Carter 5-6st 0lbs Mr Freeman 50/1
16 JACK CADE J Prince 5-5st 9lbs Mr H Johnstone 50/1
17 PETITIONER W Marson 3-5st 8lbs Mr S Herbert 12/1
18 MAID OF LYME Irvine 3-5st 7lbs Mr J Clarke 20/1
19 CHERRY Charlton 3-4st 12lbs Lord Chesterfield 20/1
20 CAMERA OBSCURRA J Sharpe 3-4st 10lbs Lord George Bentinck 8/1
21 HYDRANGEA J Mann 3-4st 7lbs Lord Exeter 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 29th July 1846 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 147 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £41,000 in 2021) Over round 117%