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 1869 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 STARTER Hunt John Barham Day 3-5st 10lbs Mr John Barham Day 9/4 fav
2 MISS GRATWICKE Hammond 4-6st 10lbs Mr Savile 100/8
3 ADOLPHUS White 3-6st 4lbs Major Pemberton 100/15
4 CECIL George Fordham 4-8st 7lbs Mr Nightingall 10/1
5 ALPENSTOCK T Chaloner 3-7st 12lbs Lord Royston 12/1
6 WAR Cameron 6-7st 3lbs Mr J Bowes 5/1
7 ROBESPIERRE Jeffrey 3-7st 2lbs Lord Calthorpe 5/1
8 CHORAL W Platt 4-6st 6lbs Colonel Astley 100/7
9 STORM KING Butler 3-6st 4lbs Mr T Parr 100/6
10 JUDGE Crutcher 3-5st 7lbs Captain G Day 200/1
This race took place on Wednesday 28th July 1869 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 54 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £36,000 in 2021) Over round 115%