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 1861 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 ELCHO J Daley 3-5st 13lbs Lord Coventry 5/2
2 STARKE George Fordham 6-7st 9lbs Mr R Ten Broeck 6/4 fav
3 BALHAM Midgley 3-5st 12lbs Mr Hodgman 10/1
4 JINGLING JOHNNY Carroll 3-5st 7lbs Lord Wilton 33/1
5 UMPIRE A Edwards 4-8st 1lbs Mr R Ten Broeck 50/1
6 SCHISM J Adams 5-7st 7lbs Lord Westminster 7/1
7 SURPRISE Grimshaw 4-7st 5lbs Baron Niviere 50/1
8 LUPUS J Snowden 3-7st 2lbs Lord Lincoln 25/1
9 THE BROWNIE Doyle 3-5st 12lb Mr Henry 25/1
10 SHIPWRECK G Parsons 3-5st 10lbs Mr Payne 50/1
11 CANARY Whiteley 3-5st 7lbs Mr John Day 7/1
This race took place on Wednesday 31st July 1861 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 96 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £36,000 in 2021) Over round 120%