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 1947 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 STRATHMORE Sidebotham R Bennett 4-7st 1lbs M Hutchinson 100/8
2 MYTHOLM Gilchrist Walter Nightingall Mrs G Kohn 5/1
3 BETTER CATCH Gordon Richards R J Colling Lord Astor 7/4 fav
4 FOXY Manny Mercer Sneyd Lord Ennisdale 10/1
5 TECHNIQUE D Greening George Todd Mr A Halford 10/1
6 THE CHISELLER Eph Smith Blackmore Mr J Barrington 5/1
7 MELIORA E Morgan Cannon Mr James V Rank 100/9
8 LE JONGLEUR J Sirett Staff Ingham Mr S Wootton 100/6
9 BALCONY SCENE A Richardson Cahalin Mr W Hutchinson 33/1
10 FLY HALF Charlie Smirke Peter Thrale Mr J Skeffington 33/1
11 PRICKLY Doug Smith R Young Mr S Zierler 33/1
This race took place on Wednesday 30th July 1947 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1250 (equivalent to £55,000 in 2021) Over round 107%