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) 1920 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 ROWLAND T Weston 4-6st 13lbs (George Lambton) Lord Wolverton 11/2
2 WARWICK E Crickmere 6-7st 3lbs Mr Hatry 8/1
3 GOLDEN MELODY S Donoghue aged-7st 10lbs Mr Samuel 5/1
4 HAKI Joe Childs aged-9st 4lbs Mr Cazalet 9/4 fav
5 IVANHOE F Templeman aged-8st 9lbs Mr Whineray 100/8
6 ROCK DEW Vic Smyth 5-7st 13lbs Mr Michelinos 100/8
7 IRISH LAKE W Balding 4-7st 5lbs Colonel Innes Hopkins 10/1
8 LIMPSFIELD J Rose 5-7st 1lb Mr Jeffrey 8/1
9 MANRICO W Speck 6-6st 13lbs Mr Ramsden 8/1
10 JUPITER A Balding aged-6st 13lbs Mrs Cayzer 10/1
11 CRICKET H Wragg aged-6st 6lbs Mr Gibson 100/1
This race took place on Wednesday 28th July 1920 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1000 (equivalent to £130,000 in 2021) Over round 129%