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) 1904 Handicap 2 miles
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 SANDBOY G McCall 4-7st 6lbs (W Robinson) Mr W Hall Walker 85/20
2 HARESFIELD O Madden 6-7st 4lbs Lord Penrhyn 8/1
3 BACHELORS BUTTON W Halsey 5-9st 0lbs Mr S B Joel 10/1
4 ELBA D Maher 5-8st 7lbs Lord Cadogan 25/1
5 HAMMERKOP W Lane 4-8st 5lbs Major Eustace Loder 4/1 fav
6 MERRY ANDREW J Rollason 5-7st 12lbs Mr G Miller 8/1
7 HANDS DOWN Butchers 3-7st 1lbs Mr J Buchanan 85/20
8 PRINCE FLORIZEL R Jones 5-7st 3lbs Mr H J King 100/7
9 TRUEFITT Plant 3-6st 1lbs Mr A Knowles 20/1
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1904 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. There were 36 subs and it was valued at 800 sovereigns (equivalent to £114,000 in 2021) Over round 105%