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) 1912 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 IRISH MARINE C Foy 4-8st 1lbs (Davies) Mr F C Stern 4/1 fav
2 WINTHORPE W Buckley 4-6st 13lbs Mr W R Wyndham 5/1
3 WARLINGHAM A Duller 3-7st 3lbs Mr Robert S Sievier 5/1
4 SCOTNEY E Wheatley 4-8st 9lbs Mr R Mills 8/1
5 PAPAVERO J Clark 5-9st 0lbs Mr Washington Singer 10/1
6 ROTS PRIDE C Ringstead 4-7st 9lbs Mr L Winans 6/1
7 ST ABBAN A Whalley 4-8st 7lbs Mr P Nelke 8/1
8 OLEARIA Fred Winter 4-7st 13lbs Mr D Waugh 100/8
9 IGNITION F Herbert 4-7st 13lbs Mr H Bonas 20/1
This race took place on Wednesday 31st July 1912 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at 825 sovereigns (equivalent to £106,000 in 2021) Over round 110%