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 1883 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 CORRIE ROY C Wood 5-9st 0lbs Sir F Johnstone 5/2 fav
2 LIZZIE Jimmy Woodburn 3-6st 3lbs Lord Ellesmere 9/2
3 THE DETHRONED Sam Loates 5-7st 5lbs Mr Tom Cannon 100/30
4 WALLENSTEIN Fred Webb 6-9st 0lbs Lord Ellesmere 100/8
5 CREDO Huxtable 4-7st 11lbs M C J Lefevre 25/1
6 MR PICKWICK Gallon 5-6st 12lbs Mr T F Walton 20/1
7 VENUSTA E Martin 4-6st 10lbs Lord Calthorpe 100/6
8 DUKE OF ALBANY Ballantine 3-6st 8lbs Mr C Brewer 25/1
9 ALISON Wall 3-6st 0lbs Mr F Robinson 25/1
This race took place on Tuesday 31st July 1883 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. There were 36 subscribers and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £39,000 in 2021) Over round 101%