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) 1901 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 AVIDITY O Madden 5-7st 6lbs (W Waugh) Sir J Blundell Maple 8/1
2 SEMPER VIGILANS C Thorpe 4-7st 8lbs Mr E Corrigan 100/14
3 ST LEVAN H Aylin 3-5st 11lbs Lord Stanley 6/1
4 KINGS MESSENGER K Cannon 6-9st 1lbs Lord Penrhyn 100/6
5 SOLITAIRE W Halsey 5-8st 1lbs Sir E Cassel 20/1
6 UNCLE SOL K Clemson 3-7st 4lbs Mr J Lewis 4/1 fav
7 ST MORITZ J Broom 5-7st 3lbs Captain F Forester 6/1
8 GREENAWAY A Adye 4-7st 0lbs Mr L Brassey 100/6
9 REMINISCENCE G Gibson 5-6st 6lbs Lord Farquhar 20/1
10 SATURDAY Johnny Reiff 6-6st 7lbs Mr J Moffat 8/1
11 MISS BIDDO T Heppell 4-6st 3lbs Mr F Hardy 25/1
12 CLAUDIA T Sainsbury 6-6st 1lb Mr A Walton 25/1
13 CASTLE IN SPAIN F Hardy aged-5st 13lbs Mr R W Lancashire 25/1
DISQ RAID Joe Childs 3-6st 2lbs M Ephrussi 25/1
This race took place on Wednesday 31st July 1901 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at 800 sovereigns (equivalent to £114,000 in 2021) Over round 122%