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 1962 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 GOLDEN FIRE David Yates Doug Marks 4-8st 1lbs Mr C Ridley 13/2
2 AVONS PRIDE Eph Smith W Hern Major Lionel Holliday 6/1
3 AGREEMENT W Carr Boyd-Rochfort HM The Queen 10/1
4 PRINCESS SOBRANIE P Robinson H Leader Mr R Midwood 8/1
5 COME TO DADDY Doug Smith Lyde Mr T Farr 7/2 fav
6 ORBIT Paul Tulk Jeremy Tree Mr Jock Whitney 13/2
7 WILD BRIAR Gibbons Todd Mrs K Mackenzie 8/1
8 DETERMINATION Hicks Masson Mrs A Askew 10/1
9 MULTY Hunter Prendergast Mr Paddy Prendergast 20/1
10 ANGAZI Duncan Keith Nightingall Mr I Kerman 100/9
11 SABRE Lynch Kennett Mrs A Savile 25/1
This race took place on Wednesday 1st August 1962 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1573 (equivalent to £40,000 in 2021) Over round 121%