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 1934 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 CLARAN F Fox Gooch 5-7st 13lbs Mr H C Sutton 6/1
2 SON OF MINT Harry Wragg D-Pennant Mr Jesse Brown 7/1
3 WHITEPLAINS Eph Smith Jack Jarvis Sir W Burbidge 100/8
4 LOOSESTRIFE Gordon Richards Rickards Mr P Johnson 5/1
5 ROI DE PARIS Cliff Richards D-Pennant Mr J E Rowson 100/7
6 HANDS OFF A Richardson Digby Sir W F Dennis 7/1
7 SANITY J Sirett Golightly Mr E H Gregory 20/1
8 SPRING MORNING J Dines Gwilt Mr B Warner 100/9
9 APPLE PEEL Doug Smith Harries Mr H M Martineau 100/8
10 PENNY-A-LINER F Sharpe Charles Peck Mr J B Joel 9/2 fav
11 MANNERING M Hunter Blair Mr Michael Stephens 33/1
12 HAPPY MANMORE J Hullah Sneyd Lady Foley 33/1
This race took place on Wednesday 1st August 1934 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1000 (equivalent to £130,000 in 2021) Over round 113%