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 1948 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 AURALIA Doug Smith R Day 5-9st 6lbs Mrs A Johnstone 100/8
2 BILLET W Nevett Wragg Mr B Hilliard 8/1
3 GREMLIN Gordon Richards George Todd Mr D Baring 100/6
4 WHITEWAY W T Evans Bertie Captain D Fitzgerald 100/30 fav
5 GALLANT SCOT T Weston Cannon Mr James V Rank 10/1
6 QUICKLIME J Walker Bisgood Mr H Cohen 100/9
7 PAPPATEA Blackshaw G Boyd Mr R Simpson 100/8
8 TORY II Eph Smith Houghton Mr A Lyons 100/7
9 NOW OR NEVER Charlie Elliott Vic Smyth Mr F Harris 100/6
10 VILLARCEAU Beary Williams Mr L Chataignoux 100/6
11 RED NED D Greening Beeby Sir A Pilkington 100/6
12 MIRLAN II Ken Gethin Reardon Mr R Pritchard 20/1
13 LOOK AHEAD Edgar Britt Boyd-Rochfort Sir H de Trafford 20/1
14 RICHARD THE THIRD H Packham Vic Smyth Mr J Boyle 33/1
15 D AND A Willie Snaith Powell Mr G Lees-Milne 33/1
This race took place on Wednesday 28th July 1948 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1250 (equivalent to £55,000 in 2021) Over round 116%