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 1953 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 PAPILLIO W Carr Boyd-Rochfort 4-8st 6lbs Sir H de Trafford 11/2
2 PERSETTA Gordon Richards Carey M C Single 8/1
3 PLUCHINO E Fordyce Watson Mr James de Rothschild 4/1 fav
4 CORYDALIS Pountney Sneyd Major C Raphael 6/1
5 LORD FOX Charlie Smirke Marsh HH Aga Khan 10/1
6 DON BLANCO Bill Rickaby George Todd Major G Harbord 100/9
7 DALMAN Frankie Durr Henri Jelliss Mr R Moller 100/7
8 DEVON SECRET R H Hughes Bruce Hobbs Mr Geoff Armstrong 100/7
9 UP AND COMING Ray Reader E Parker Mr B Stephenson 100/7
10 DEANCOURT D W Morris Day Mrs G Volpe 25/1
11 COOTE HILL D Forte P Thrale Mrs M Tate 25/1
12 MASRI J Sirett Walter Nightingall Mr C Bell 25/1
This race took place on Wednesday 29th July 1953 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1250 (equivalent to £55,000 in 2021) Over round 110%