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 1960 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 PREDOMINATE Eph Smith T Leader 8-9st 5lbs Mr H Joel 15/8 fav
2 FREELIGHT Doug Smith Watts Mr W Stirling 6/1
3 GRECIAN GRANITE H Holmes W Marshall Mr C Allen 10/1
4 LUCKY WHITE HEATHER Stringer Todd Mr S Campbell 7/1
5 MASTER OF ARTS Joe Mercer R J Colling Mr J Astor 15/2
6 DIAMANTINE R P Elliott Elsey Mr William Hill 9/1
7 FALLING IN LOVE Willie Snaith Jack Jarvis Mr J Philipps 100/6
8 MUNGO PARK Larkin Jack Jarvis Lord Rosebery 25/1
9 ILLUSION Ray Reader W Marshall Mr H Tyler 50/1
PU TRELAWNY Brian Jago Mercer Mrs L Carver 8/1
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1960 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1629 (equivalent to £42,000 in 2021) Over round 115%