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 1852 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 WEATHERGAGE Wells 3-5st 6lbs Mr T Parr 15/1
2 MONTAGUE E Sharp 6-7st 3lbs Mr Cooper 25/1
3 HARICOT John Osborne 5-7st 0lbs Mr L'Anson 6/1
4 CARIBOO Nat Flatman 5-8st 6lbs Mr Greville 10/1
5 CHIEF JUSTICE T Lye 5-8st 7lbs Mr Dawson 10/1
6 PITSFORD A Day 5-8st 3lbs Mr H Hill 50/1
7 BACKBITER Sim Templeman aged-8st 3lbs General Anson 20/1
8 COCKCROW Doyle 4-7st 5lbs Lord Waterford 25/1
9 MUSICIAN G Mann 5-7st 3lb Mr Foster 8/1
10 BUSHRANGER Esling 5-6st 11lbs Mr Etwall 8/1
11 FOLLOW ME LADS J Mann 4-6st 10lbs Mr Begbie 20/1
12 CHAMPION Charlton 6-6st 10lbs General Anson 30/1
13 DON PEDRO T Smith 4-6st 7lbs Mr Douglas 12/1
14 SACKBUT Garvey 3-5st 13lbs Lord Clifden 50/1
15 STAMFORD Rickards 4-5st 11lbs Mr C Wood 25/1
16 CORNELIUS A Cowley 4-5st 11lbs Mr Thellusson 50/1
17 MISSIVE F Marson 3-5st 8lbs Mr E R Clark 50/1
18 BENITA T Sherwood 3-5st 5lbs Mr Spencer 50/1
19 THE BRAHMIN Kendall 3-5st 3lbs Mr Winch 50/1
20 TERMAGANT Sherrard 3-5st 3lbs Lord Clifden 50/1
21 SURPRISE Carroll 3-4st 12lbs Mr Magenis 5/1 fav
This race took place on Wednesday 28th July 1852 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 85 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £31,000 in 2021) Over round 125%