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 1880 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 REVELLER Kellett 4-7st 4lbs Mr R Jardine 3/1 fav
2 EDELWEISS Greaves 3-6st 0lbs Mr W S Crawfurd 6/1
3 BAY ARCHER George Fordham 4-8st 5lbs Mr W S Crawfurd 8/1
4 THURIO Cannon 5-9st 4lbs Prince Soltykoff 11/2
5 ROEHAMPTON Snowden aged-9st 0lbs Mr C Perkins 8/1
6 RIDOTTO Constable 5-8st 6lbs Lord Rosebery 12/1
7 ADVANCE Fred Archer aged-8st 8lbs Mr Hungerford 9/1
8 STITCHERY Luke 4-7st 1lbs Mr C S Paris 100/6
9 WALLENSTEIN Weston 3-7st 0lbs Mr Pierre Lorillard 20/1
This race took place on Tuesday 27th July 1880 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 38 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £37,000 in 2021) Over round 105%