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 1879 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 BAY ARCHER Gallon 3-6st 8lbs Mr W S Crawfurd 2/1 fav
2 MISTRESS OF THE ROBES Luke 4-7st 7lbs Mr A Bayley 25/1
3 ROEHAMPTON J Snowden 6-8st 12lbs Mr C Perkins 25/1
4 REEFER Fred Archer 4-8st 11lbs Lord Dupplin 100/8
5 RIDOTTO Constable 4-8st 10lbs Lord Rosebery 20/1
6 RYLSTONE H Jeffery 5-8st 9lbs Lord Hartington 10/1
7 ANTIENT PISTOL George Fordham 4-8st 2lbs Mr F Gretton 10/1
8 SIGN MANUAL C Wood 5-7st 6lbs Captain Machell 8/1
9 EXMOUTH Lemaire 3-7st 4lbs Duke of Hamilton 4/1
10 STITCHERY Greaves 3-5st 11lbs Mr Paris 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 30th July 1879 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 39 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £37,000 in 2021) Over round 105%