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 1884 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 STOCKHOLM Tomlinson 4-6st 8lbs Mr A Staub 100/6
2 FLORENCE Fred Archer 4-9st 0lbs Mr J Hammond 11/4 fav
3 LOCH RANZA Luke 3-6st 12lbs Duke of Hamilton 100/12
4 BROCKEN Morgan 5-8st 1lbs Mr H Frerich 50/1
5 LIZZIE Sam Loates 4-7st 7lbs Lord Ellesmere 25/1
6 NARCISSA Jimmy Woodburn 4-7st 6lbs Lord Rosebery 10/1
7 HAVOCK C Wood 6-7st 4lbs Mr C J Merry 100/6
8 DONALD Rawlinson 6-7st 3lbs Mr A Victor 6/1
9 JOHN JONES F Barrett 4-6st 10lbs Mr W J Legh 6/1
10 PRINCE RUDOLPH Wall 3-6st 8lbs Lord Ellesmere 50/1
11 SPECTRUM G Woodburn 3-6st 0lbs Sir George Chetwynd 100/8
This race took place on Tuesday 29th July 1884 and was a subscription race of 25 sovereigns each. It was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £39,000 in 2021) Over round 101%