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 1892 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 RALPH NEVILLE Finlay 5-7st 12lbs (Braime) Mr C J Merry 4/1 jt fav
2 BILLOW Mornington Cannon 4-8st 2lbs Mr E Loder 4/1 jt fav
3 MADAME NERUDA II C Loates 4-7st 10lbs Mr John Charlton 6/1
4 BARMECIDE G Barrett 6-8st 7lbs Mr J B Burton 100/12
5 PENELOPE G Brown 4-8st 2lbs Mr A Kilsyth 10/1
6 COROMANDEL R Chaloner 5-8st 0lbs Duke of Beaufort 100/8
7 CERTOSA Jimmy Woodburn 3-7st 8lbs Mr Henry Milner 100/12
8 ANDANTE Allsopp 3-6st 8lbs Mr H Cox 100/8
9 BITHYNIAN Bradford 3-6st 2lbs Lord Durham 9/2
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1892 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. There were 36 subs and it was valued at 300 guineas (equivalent to £38,000 in 2021) Over round 121%