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 1862 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 BOABDIL J Daley 4-6st 6lbs Mr Elphinstone 40/1
2 SIR WILLIAM Challoner 5-8st 2lbs Mr J Merry 100/6
3 WATCHFIRE Whiteley 3-5st 13lbs Mr W H Mundy 100/6
4 AUDREY Custance 6-9st 0lbs Mr W Bevill 7/1 fav
5 RAPPAREE John Osborne 4-9st 2lbs Mr John Osborne 12/1
6 CORONET George Fordham 5-8st 2lbs Mr Barber 25/1
7 MONTEBELLO Clement 3-7st 6lbs Mr Treen 100/6
8 CONFECTIONER H Grimshaw 5-7st 0lbs Mr R Boyce 40/1
9 FITZ-EVA T French 4-6st 12lb Mr Godding 50/1
10 MY PARTNER Doyle 3-6st 9lbs Captain Christie 8/1
11 STOCKWELL Colt Drew 3-6st 9lbs Lord Wilton 100/6
12 HIGHFLYER Judd 4-6st 8lbs Duke of Beaufort 50/1
13 MAGNUM BONUM J Grimshaw 3-6st 0lbs Mr Fleming 10/1
14 ATTAMAN J Plumb 3-5st 10lbs Mr J Sutton 9/1
15 DALESMAN S Adams 3-5st 7lbs Mr William Day 40/1
16 ST BERNARD Cannon 3-5st 7lbs Mr T Parr 8/1
This race took place on Wednesday 30th July 1862 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 85 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £39,000 in 2021) Over round 102%