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 1849 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 MAID OF LYME Evans 6-6st 13lbs Mr J Clarke 12/1
2 VAN DIEMAN John Osborne 3-5st 6lbs Sir Joseph Hawley 12/1
3 GISELLE Dockeray 6-6st 12lbs Mr E R Clark 7/1
4 CHANTICLEER S Rogers 6-9st 13lbs Mr Merry 25/1
5 COLLINGWOOD F Butler 6-9st 8lbs Mr P P Rolt 10/1
6 WANOTA Robinson 5-8st 5lbs Lord Clifden 14/1
7 MAID OF MASHAM W Marson 4-7st 9lbs Mr Wrather 25/1
8 THE ADMIRAL Nat Flatman 5-7st 9lbs Colonel Peel 25/1
9 THE TARTAR S Mann 5-7st 7lb Sir Joseph Hawley 25/1
10 PLAUDIT Pettit aged-7st 7lbs Lord Eglinton 6/1 fav
11 ANTAGONIST W Abdale 5-7st 6lbs Mr Death 25/1
12 CLERMONT J Sharp 5-7st 6lbs Mr Gregory 16/1
13 HORNPIPE Kitchener 4-6st 13lbs Duke of Richmond 25/1
14 HAGLEY Maton 4-6st 11lbs Mr Griffiths 25/1
15 MISS WHIP Charlton 5-6st 9lbs Lord Glasgow 25/1
16 TOPHANA E Sharp 4-6st 8lbs Lord Exeter 15/1
17 FIRE EATER Dean 3-6st 3lbs Duke of Rutland 25/1
18 PRIESTESS Marwood 3-5st 3lbs Mr Dawson 25/1
19 EMMA DONNA E Harrison 3-4st 13lbs Mr Cuthbert 25/1
20 WALLFLOWER G Mann 3-5st 0lbs Lord Clifden 25/1
21 OVER FORK OVER Hiett 3-4st 11lbs Mr W Ley 16/1
This race took place on Wednesday 1st August 1849 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 114 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £31,000 in 2021) Over round 124%