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 1870 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 PAGANINI George Fordham 5-8st 10lbs Mr James Smith 7/1
2 INDIAN OCEAN T Osborne 3-5st 12lbs Mr Saunders 100/7
3 MISS SHEPPARD Fred Webb 3-6st 5lbs Mr K Potter 10/1
4 CAPITALISTE Corringham 5-8st 0lbs Mr W Planner 100/7
5 JOHN DAVIS Wilson aged-7st 9lbs Mr Scott Stonehewer 5/1
6 CHIVALRY Butler 4-7st 3lbs Mr E Brayley 8/1
7 SWEET SOUND W Gray 3-6st 12lbs Mr John Johnstone 7/4 fav
8 RATTLEPATE Gatehouse 3-6st 4lbs Mr Spencer 20/1
9 NIGHTJAR G Jarvis 4-5st 12lbs Mr R R Christopher 50/1
10 CINDERELLA Jewitt 3-6st 0lbs Mr F Barthy 100/6
11 IONIA Newhouse 3-5st 7lbs Mr Dover 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1870 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 59 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £36,000 in 2021) Over round 116%