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 1855 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 QUINCE Ashmall 4-6st 10lbs Mr Greville 5/2 jt fav
2 HERVINE Spreoty aged-8st 0lbs Mr Aumont 15/1
3 SURGEON GENERAL Bates 4-5st 10lbs Mr E R Clark 4/1
4 FULBECK George Fordham 3-5st 0lbs Major Brighurst 25/1
5 IVAN Sim Templeman 4-8st 8lbs Lord Londesborough 7/1
6 EPAMINONIDAS J Mann 4-8st 1lbs Captain Lane 5/2 jt fav
7 BAALBEC Bumby 4-8st 0lbs Mr Knowles 25/1
8 PUMICESTONE Nat Flatman 4-7st 10lbs Lord Wilton 25/1
9 NEWBOLD Quinton 4-7st 6lb Mr Kenyon 25/1
10 SULTAN Jem Goater 3-7st 2lbs Lord Anglesey 25/1
This race took place on Wednesday 1st August 1855 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 124 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £35,000 in 2021) Over round 114%