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 1927 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 TRY TRY AGAIN Tommy Weston Harvey Leader 5-7st 10lbs Mr P W Carr 11/2
2 SPECTROSCOPE A Burns Gooch Duke of Marlborough 20/1
3 STEEL POINT G Baines J Cannon Mr H S Turberville 100/7
4 DARK HILLOCK J Thwaites MacCall Baron Baeyens 20/1
5 INCITATUS II F Fox Gooch Lady Ludlow 100/30
6 CAPRIER Charlie Smirke R Dawson HH Aga Khan 100/8
7 LABADENS S Donoghue F Scott Maharaja of Rajpipla 10/1
8 TIBER Gordon Richards Martin Mr G Johnstone 9/4 fav
9 WOOD OWL K Robertson Gore Mr P Mond 33/1
10 WALINSON J Dines Reg Day Mr Reg Day 33/1
11 ST MARY'S KIRK P Beasley Atty Persse Sir H Meux 10/1
12 SPEAR DANCE W Alford William Jarvis HM The King 10/1
13 FOLIAC H Southy Farquharson Sir D Broughton 33/1
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1927 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1000 (equivalent to £130,000 in 2021) Over round 130%