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) 1903 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 GENIUS Randall 5-7st 13lbs (Alf Sadler junior) Mr H E Randall 100/14
2 COAL SACK Watts 4-7st 6lbs Prince Soltykoff 10/1
3 FRIAR TUCK M Cannon 4-9st 0lbs Duke of Portland 100/8
4 PRINCE FLORIZEL H Jones 4-8st 1lbs Mr H J King 5/1
5 VENDALE Trigg 4-8st 3lbs Mr G Thursby 10/1
6 LOVAT O Madden 3-7st 8lbs Sir E Cassel 9/4 fav
7 SHAUN DHUV F Hardy 5-7st 5lbs Mr George Edwardes 20/1
8 PERDIOUS C Escott 6-6st 12lbs Mr A Hamblin 20/1
9 SWEET DIXIE Griggs 5-6st 11lbs Mr Horatio Bottomley 8/1
10 EMILY MELTON Heppell 6-6st 10lbs Mr B Gottschalk 20/1
This race took place on Wednesday 29th July 1903 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 112%