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 1868 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 TABOURET Hudson 3-6st 0lbs Mr J Johnstone 6/4 fav
2 ILLIUM Hammond 3-6st 1lbs Mr Lincoln 25/1
3 THE SPY Butler 3-6st 3lbs Mr Bowes 33/1
4 TYNEDALE John Osborne 4-8st 7lbs Mr J Johnstone 100/1
5 GOMERA J Daley 6-8st 6lbs Duke of Newcastle 100/1
6 SALPINCTES T Sadler 6-7st 7lbs Mr John Barham Day 100/1
7 CANNON BALL Maidment 4-7st 7lbs Lord St Vincent 10/1
8 KIDDERMINSTER Kenyon 4-7st 3lbs Mr Lincoln 5/1
9 FITZ-IVAN H Covey 4-7st 2lbs Mr H Temple 100/1
10 STRADBROKE Mordan 4-6st 8lbs Mr J Stephenson 33/1
11 GLENGARNOCK Killick 4-6st 1lbs Mr Don 50/1
12 VENOM Wyatt 4-6st 2lbs Mr E Green 100/1
13 FIDELIA Jeffery 3-6st 2lbs Captain Barron 8/1
14 ECARTE Vinell 3-5st 12lbs Mr T Parr 12/1
15 WELLOW Wilson 3-5st 7lbs Mr H Savile 100/1
16 CHORAL Barnard 3-5st 7lbs Mr Drewitt 100/1
17 OUR MARY ANN Deakin 3-5st 7lbs Mr William Day 30/1
This race took place on Wednesday 29th July 1868 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 82 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £36,000 in 2021) Over round 106%