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 1881 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 BROWN BESS Weston 5-6st 8lbs Mr A Briggs 11/2
2 PRUDHOMME George Fordham 4-7st 11lbs Lord Rosebery 5/1
3 BLACKTHORN Kellett 5-6st 13lbs Mr R Jardine 9/4
4 EXETER Cannon 5-9st 0lbs Mr C Blanton 2/1 fav
5 STITCHERY Luke 5-6st 12lbs Mr C Paris 25/1
6 WHISHT Ballintine 5-6st 0lbs Mr D Dunlop 25/1
7 SANS CULOTTE Barrett 3-6st 1lbs Mr W S Crawfurd 100/9
This race took place on Tuesday 26th July 1881 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 27 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £39,000 in 2021) Over round 112%