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 1877 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 PRINCE GEORGE Huxtable 4-7st 0lbs Mr W S Crawfurd 100/30 fav
2 GLOUCESTER Luke 4-6st 6lbs Mr H Jenkins 100/6
3 RYLESTONE Hopkins 3-6st 9lbs Lord Hartington 7/1
4 HAMPTON Fred Webb 5-9st 5lbs Mr F G Hobson 7/1
5 PAGEANT Cannon 6-8st 7lbs Mr F Gretton 11/2
6 JOHN DAY Fred Archer 4-8st 5lbs Count Jaraczewski 100/8
7 WHITEBAIT Constable 6-8st 2lbs Captain Stirling 100/9
8 CHYPRE Glover 5-7st 10lbs Sir George Chetwynd 5/1
9 PEEPING TOM Hemming 6-6st 12lbs Captain Machell 100/1
10 COQUETDALE J E Jones 4-6st 6lbs Mr R Jardine 33/1
11 PARCHMENT Hammond 3-5st 12lbs Mr H Savile 50/1
12 MOGADOR Colt Howey 3-5st 11lbs Mr Howsin 100/1
This race took place on Wednesday 1st August 1877 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 67 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £37,000 in 2021) Over round 109%