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 1949 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 HARLECH Charlie Elliott E Williams 4-8st 8lbs Mrs E Williams 9/2
2 MALLOWRY Bill Rickaby Ryan Jarvis Mr David Robinson 7/2
3 NOW OR NEVER Hawcroft Vic Smyth Mr F Harris 5/1
4 SUMMER SHOWER Gordon Richards George Lambton Mrs George Lambton 5/2 fav
5 CIDER APPLE Witty T Leader Captain A Jameson 10/1
6 ALDBOROUGH Barlow Henri Jelliss Miss Dorothy Paget 100/8
7 LACOVEDIS Beary J Beary Mr D Morris 100/8
8 TAOR Doug Smith Ken Cundell Mr Girling 25/1
9 BEFAST Eph Smith W Stephenson Mr N Spurgeon 100/7
10 OTAGO D Greening E Williams Miss P Vaughan 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1949 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1250 (equivalent to £55,000 in 2021) Over round 122%