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 1847 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 HYDRANGEA J Sharpe 4-6st 10lbs Lord Exeter 15/2
2 PLAUDIT J Prince 5-7st 3lbs Lord Eglinton 15/1
3 PLOVER Longstaff 4-5st 4lbs Mr Baker 7/1
4 RESOLUTION Rodney 3-5st 7lbs Captain Delme 25/1
5 LOTHARIO F Butler aged-8st 7lbs Duke of Richmond 7/2 fav
6 MISS ELIS A Day 5-7st 13lbs Mr Elwes 4/1
7 QUEEN MAB Nat Flatman aged-7st 12lbs Mr Payne 25/1
8 EMIGRANT Hutchinson aged-6st 9lbs Captain Powell 25/1
9 PAUNCH Donaldson 4-6st 1lb Mr H Hill 25/1
10 MILLINER G Oates 4-5st 10lbs Mr Isaac Day 6/1
11 MILES'S BOY H Cliff 3-5st 9lbs Mr E R Clark 25/1
12 VAMPYRE W Treen junior 3-5st 6lbs Duke of Richmond 12/1
13 PANTOMIME J Mann 3-5st 5lbs Mr George Osbaldeston 25/1
14 KITE Dockeray 3-4st 12lbs Mr William Crockford 25/1
This race took place on Wednesday 28th July 1847 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 134 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £41,000 in 2021) Over round 120%