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 1876 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 HAMPTON Mordan 4-7st 10lbs Mr F G Hobson 6/4 fav
2 ADMIRAL BYNG Howey 3-5st 7lbs Lord Dupplin 7/1
3 FINIS A Cook 4-6st 10lbs Mr W S Crawfurd 100/6
4 BALFE Cannon 4-6st 10lbs Prince Soltykoff 100/8
5 PRODIGAL Clement aged-8st 5lbs Mr Masque 50/1
6 LILLIAN Jem Goater aged-8st 4lbs Mr H Savile 100/8
7 MATE Fred Archer aged-8st 0lbs Mr M H Sandford 100/8
8 KING LOG Thompson 4-6st 12lbs Mr Acton 4/1
9 CORREGGIO F Jeffery 3-6st 0lbs Mr J H Houldsworth 20/1
This race took place on Wednesday 26th July 1876 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 63 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £37,000 in 2021) Over round 109%