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 1963 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 GOLDEN FIRE David Yates Doug Marks 5-8st 9lbs Mr C Ridley 10/1
2 ACROPHEL Scobie Breasley Hastings-Bass Lady Part 5/1
3 UTRILLO Garnie Bougoure H Ryan Price Mr J Gerber 100/6
4 WOODLEIGHS David East H Ryan Price Lord Tyron 25/1
5 SEA LEOPARD W Jones Todd Mrs K Mackenzie 9/1
6 GURKHA Joe Mercer W Hern Mr J Astor 10/1
7 DOMESDAY Stan Smith Jack Jarvis Lord Rosebery 100/9
8 GOLDEN ORIOL D W Morris Boyd-Rochfort HM The Queen 100/9
9 LOST PROPERTY Ron Hutchinson Ashworth Mr G Freeman 100/8
10 NARRATUS Lester Piggott Dave Thom Mr D Symmonds 100/8
11 TARQUINIAN Eph Smith Todd Mr T Frost 100/6
12 REGAL ARCH Des Cullen Bryan Marshall Mrs B Marshall 20/1
13 THE BURGHER Masters Goodwill Mr Stuart May 20/1
14 PRINCESS SOBRANIE Robinson Dave Thom Mrs H Swift 25/1
15 DOM PERIGNON Millbanks Nelson Mr Charles Clore 25/1
16 NEAT AND SWEET Ray Reader Nightingall Major P Honner 25/1
17 STAR OF BETHLEHEM Hunter D Auld (Ire) Mrs W MacCauley 100/6
PU FISHERMANS WHARFE Doug Smith J Watts Lord Derby 4/1 fav
This race took place on Wednesday 31st July 1963 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1755 (equivalent to £42,000 in 2021) Over round 142%