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 1874 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 SCAMP Glover Charles Blanton 3-6st 8lbs Sir John Dugdale Astley 4/1 fav
2 CAMBUSLANG G Cooke 4-7st 6lbs Mr John Johnstone 100/12
3 REDWORTH Fred Archer 4-7st 7lbs Mr F Swindell 100/8
4 PETITION Thompson 3-5st 10lbs Lord Ailesbury 100/15
5 DALHAM Mills 3-5st 12lbs Mr T Smith 25/1
6 LILLIAN Maidment 5-9st 7lbs Mr Savile 20/1
7 FEVE Bruckshaw 4-7st 10lbs Captain Machell 10/1
8 INDIAN OCEAN Huxtable aged-7st 6lbs Lord B Paget 7/1
9 REFLECTION Constable 4-7st 3lbs Mr C Rayner 9/1
10 MR FOX Morbey 6-6st 4lbs Mr G Sturt 25/1
11 CALL DUCK C Archer 3-6st 1lbs Mr T Valentine 40/1
12 ENCORE W Clay 3-6st 1lbs Captain G Stirling 50/1
13 ROSEHILL Sheard 3-6st 0lbs Mr J Cave 25/1
14 SIDESMAN Horan 3-5st 13lbs Mr W F Watson 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 29th July 1874 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 45 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £36,000 in 2021) Over round 109%