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 1866 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 RAMA Kenyon 3-5st 12lbs Lord Westmorland 16/1
2 THE SPECIAL T Sadler 3-5st 10lbs Mr William Day 4/1
3 LA FORTUNE Carroll 4-7st 5lbs Count Frederick de Lagrange 4/1
4 LUCIFER Peake 3-7st 4lbs Lord St Vincent 16/1
5 FORESTER H Day 4-7st 0lbs Marquis of Hastings 50/1
6 ACTAEA Cameron 3-6st 7lbs Mr S Thellusson 12/1
7 VENGEANCE Colt H Clark 3-6st 0lbs Lord Portsmouth 9/2
8 JOLLITY Sayers 3-6st 0lbs Mr J Godding 50/1
9 NINCO NANCO Butler 3-5st 10lbs Mr Savile 25/1
10 BLACK PRINCE Prangle 3-5st 7lbs Mr H V Wilkinson 100/30 fav
This race took place on Wednesday 1st August 1866 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 73 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £39,000 in 2021) Over round 109%