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 1863 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 BLACKDOWN Mordan 3-6st 2lbs Mr Drewitt 14/1
2 ANFIELD J Grimshaw 3-6st 6lbs Mr Greville 7/4 fav
3 JACK OF HEARTS J Nightingall 3-6st 5lbs Mr S Thellusson 50/1
4 MAGUM BONUM E Martin 4-7st 1lbs Mr Fleming 25/1
5 YOUNG MELBOURNE Filly Aldrcoft 4-8st 11lbs Lord Glasgow 50/1
6 BELLMAN Challoner 5-8st 6lbs Lord St Vincent 6/1
7 LOITERER Custance 6-8st 4lbs Count Batthyany 25/1
8 BALHAM Judd 5-7st 9lbs Mr Morris 9/1
9 BARCHETTINA Loates 3-6st 8lb Lord Stamford 50/1
10 BLONDIN Crouch 3-6st 6lbs Mr T Parr 12/1
11 ZAPATEADO Whiteley 3-6st 6lbs Lord Zetland 33/1
12 LORD OF THE ISLES Gelding C Gray 3-5st 13lbs Mr J Merry 9/1
13 CANZONETTE C Barrett 3-5st 11lbs Mr William Day 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 29th July 1863 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 72 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £39,000 in 2021) Over round 104%