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 1938 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
D-H NAVAL DISPLAY M Beary Hogg 4-7st 12lbs Lord Glanely 100/9
D-H SNAKE LIGHTNING Eph Smith Gilpin 4-7st 9lbs Sir H Gray 10/1
3 BAHUDDIN Charlie Smirke Frank Butters Lord Cadogan 4/1 fav
4 NEAR RELATION Dick Perryman Frank Butters Sir Alfred Butt 6/1
5 UNION JACK Harry Wragg Elsey Sir Neal Christey 8/1
6 HURRY DE SAVOIE B Carslake Houghton Captain L S Keith Forgan 100/8
7 CINQUE-CENTO P Beasley Boyd-Rochfort Mr Marshall Field 8/1
8 RAO SAHIB Gordon Richards Walter Earl Captain L Montagu 13/2
9 GINGKO W Sibbritt Scobie Sir Charles Hyde 100/9
10 NORTHMORE A Richardson Sneyd Sir H Lyons 100/6
11 CORN LAW G Wells Rayson Sir W Hutchinson 33/1
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1938 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1000 (equivalent to £130,000 in 2021) Over round 115%