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 1886 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 WINTER CHERRY Cleminson 3-5st 7lbs Duke of Beaufort 100/6
2 SIR KENNETH C Wood 4-9st 7lbs Lord Hartington 9/2
3 POSTSCRIPT W Robinson 5-7st 11lbs Mr Tom Cannon 6/4 fav
4 CORINIA J Morrell 5-7st 12lbs Mr H Heasman 5/1
5 LAVANDIERE F Barrett 4-7st 7lbs M Ephrussi 100/8
6 BEAVER Jimmy Woodburn 3-6st 9lbs Mr Leopold de Rothschild 100/12
7 JOHN C Dunn 3-5st 7lbs Duke of Hamilton 100/15
This race took place on Friday 30th July 1886 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. There were 36 subs and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £39,000 in 2021) Over round 115%