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 1871 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 TARABAN George Fordham aged-8st 5lbs Mr J Bowes 10/1
2 WAMBA Colt Constable 3-6st 5lbs Mr William Day 3/1 fav
3 CLAUDIUS T Chaloner 4-8st 9lbs Mr W S Crawfurd 100/6
4 INDIAN OCEAN Cannon 4-8st 5lbs Lord B Paget 100/8
5 NONA Lynham 3-7st 4lbs Mr F Bentley 50/1
6 LORD HAWKE W Gray 3-7st 8lbs Mr John Johnstone 5/1
7 CARDIGAN Tom Jennings junior 3-7st 1lbs Mr Lombard 33/1
8 ROSE OF ATHOL Jeffery 3-7st 0lbs Captain Machell 25/1
9 CHERIE G Jarvis 5-7st 0lbs Mr E Etches 8/1
10 ORTOLAN H Covey 3-6st 12lbs Lord Falmouth 100/1
11 CURACAO Wheeler 3-6st 10lbs Mr M Delatre 50/1
12 PENNILESS Loates 3-6st 6lbs Sir Joseph Hawley 40/1
13 WHITE ROSE T Osborne 3-6st 5lbs Mr John Day 7/1
14 FURLEY W Chaloner 3-6st 3lbs Colonel Lowther 100/1
This race took place on Wednesday 26th July 1871 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 74 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £38,000 in 2021) Over round 102%