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 1853 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 ADINE Nat Flatman 4-7st 8lbs Mr Greville 15/1
2 TRIFLE Aldcroft 4-7st 4lbs Mr Parr 12/1
3 ANTIGONE Ashmall 5-6st 12lbs Duke of Richmond 25/1
4 HARICOT Charlton 6-7st 2lbs Mr L'Anson 12/1
5 KINGSTON Basham 4-8st 11lbs Mr Morris 12/1
6 BUCKTHORN A Day 4-8st 10lbs Lord Palmerston 50/1
7 GOSSAMER John Osborne 4-7st 9lbs Lord Zetland 50/1
8 JOE MILLER H Goater 4-7st 7lbs Mr Parker 3/1
9 RETAIL Kitchener aged-7st 4lb Mr Charles Parker 12/1
10 WATERFALL Crouch 5-6st 7lbs Mr Isaac Day 50/1
11 ABDALLAH Toovey 6-6st 7lbs Mr John Kent 20/1
12 VINDEX S Steggles 3-6st 7lbs Sir Charles Monck 12/1
13 LAMBTON Jem Goater 3-6st 7lbs Mr Merry 50/1
14 HOBBYHORSE Wells 3-5st 9lbs Lord Derby 2/1 fav
15 IRELAND'S EYE J Steggles 3-5st 7lbs Mr H Hill 100/6
16 THE KAFFIR T Sherwood 3-5st 7lbs Mr Sargent 50/1
17 LORD ALBEMARLE Bundy 3-4st 13lbs Mr Bloss 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1853 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 105 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £41,000 in 2021) Over round 131%