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 1873 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 UHLAN Maidment William Gilbert 4-8st 8lbs Mr Henry Savile 5/1 fav
2 YOUNG MELBOURNE Filly Morbey 3-6st 2lbs Baron Rothschild 100/9
3 RUFFLE Huxtable 4-7st 7lbs Mr R R Bignell 40/1
4 INDIAN OCEAN T Osborne 6-8st 9lbs Lord B Paget 100/7
5 HOUGHTON George Fordham 5-8st 7lbs M Lefevre 20/1
6 MOZART Hopper 4-7st 10lbs Mr James Merry 10/1
7 WOLFHALL J Lowe 4-7st 2lbs Lord Ailesbury 100/7
8 CATHERINE Constable 3-7st 0lbs Mr Richmond 10/1
9 LA MEPRISEE Major 3-6st 9lbs M Lefevre 40/1
10 MISS CLUMBER Ashworth 3-6st 11lbs Mr O L Evans 33/1
11 PARMESAN Colt Ross 4-6st 8lbs Mr J Astley 100/1
12 PRECENTOR G Cooke 4-6st 11lbs Mr H Wallace 40/1
13 CHERIE Fred Archer aged-6st 7lbs Mr E Etches 33/1
14 DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE Newhouse 3-6st 7lbs Mr F Heathcote 10/1
15 FEVE F Jeffery 3-6st 4lbs Lord Aylesford 100/7
16 HESSLEDEN Glover 3-5st 12lbs Mr J L Fearne 100/15
17 EMILY Weedon 3-5st 7lbs Sir C Nugent 50/1
18 ST MARK Mills 3-5st 7lbs Mr John Johnstone 40/1
19 EAU DE COLOGNE W Clay 3-5st 7lbs Mr R Pattison 100/1
This race took place on Wednesday 30th July 1873 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 66 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £38,000 in 2021) Over round 113%