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 1936 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 AVONDALE P Maher George Lambton 8-7st 3lbs Lady McCalmont 100/8
2 CHO-SEN W Christie Higgs Mrs Ahern 10/1
3 CORONA-CORONA T Barber George Todd Mr A Davis 100/8
4 HOPLITE Harry Wragg Cottrill Captain Lionel Montagu 100/8
5 CRAWLEY WOOD Ken Gethin J Waugh Mr J F Cottrell 20/1
6 CHRYSLER II M Beary Whitaker Lord Ivor Churchill 100/8
7 WOODSTOCK Gordon Richards Boyd-Rochfort Mr Lionel Guinness 100/8
8 CORNERED W Nevett R Jones Colonel W Waldron 100/7
9 COUP DE ROI Eph Smith R Dawson Sir Percy Loraine 2/1 fav
10 FRETWELL F Fox Gooch Duke of Portland 20/1
11 AFRICAN LILY H Robertson T E Leader Mr D Landale Wilson 33/1
12 STAGE COACH K Robertson P Thrale Mr G Roddick 100/7
13 WATERTIGHT P Evans R J Colling Mr R J Colling 33/1
14 GREYNAM Doug Smith Sneyd Mr S Chew Hooper 100/7
15 APPLE BLOOM M Wing T Waugh Lady Ralli 33/1
16 AMIDA F Sharpe F Pratt Mr James A de Rothschild 100/8
This race took place on Wednesday 29th July 1936 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1000 (equivalent to £130,000 in 2021) Over round 130%