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 (Plate) 1899 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 MERMAN C Wood aged-9st 0lbs (W Robinson) Mr Jersey 4/1
2 MITCHAM Heapy 3-6st 10lbs Mr A Wragg 8/1
3 MERRY BUCK Gant 4-6st 12lbs Mr L Brassey 100/8
4 LORETO Sam Loates 4-7st 5lbs Lord Stanley 8/1
5 SHERBURN Fred Rickaby 4-8st 10lbs Lord Durham 7/1
6 UNCLE MAC M Cannon 5-8st 7lbs Mr Tuddy 5/2 fav
7 ECLIPSE O Madden aged-7st 5lbs Mr Foy 10/1
8 SINOPI G Sanderson 3-7st 0lbs Mr Arthur James 5/1
9 HARVEST MONEY Dodsworth 6-6st 13lbs Mr R J Percy 100/8
10 ALDBOURNE CHIMES Pearson 6-6st 5lbs Mr Lancashire 100/8
This race took place on Wednesday 26th July 1899 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. There were 33 subs and it was valued at 800 sovereigns (equivalent to £114,000 in 2021) Over round 131%