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) 1902 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 TEMPLEMORE G McCall 4-7st 8lbs (Fallon) Mr W R Purefoy 100/14
2 CROWN EQUERRY D Maher 4-7st 13lbs Mr Edgar Cohen 100/12
3 ANDREA FERRARA J H Martin 4-7st 6lbs Lord Derby 11/2
4 MANNLICHER F Hardy 4-7st 5lbs Duke of Portland 5/1
5 UNCLE MAN Lewis aged-8st 5lbs Mr Ehrlich 20/1
6 RAMBLING KATIE T Dixon 5-7st 8lbs Mr A M Singer 8/1
7 STRONGBOW Joe Childs 5-7st 12lbs Mr J W Larnach 20/1
8 MARDONIUS H Aylin 4-7st 1lbs Lord Durham 20/1
9 FREE COMPANION Miller 5-6st 10lbs Lord Harewood 7/1
10 DOUBTFUL HONOUR Griggs 4-6st 4lbs Sir J Blundell Maple 9/4 fav
This race took place on Wednesday 30th July 1902 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at 800 sovereigns (equivalent to £114,000 in 2021) Over round 125%