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 1966 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 ALL FOUND David Maitland Blagrave 4-7st 11lbs Mr H Blagrave 10/1
2 PERSIAN LANCER Messer H Ryan Price Lord Belper 11/2
3 PETER PIPER J Wilson R Mason Mrs V Phillips 100/6
4 APPRENTICE Stan Clayton Boyd-Rochfort HM The Queen 100/9
5 SQUARE DEAL Ron Hutchinson Todd Mr George Todd 85/40 fav
6 TUBALCAIN Geoff Lewis Goddard Mr H Fellows 7/1
7 VALENTINES DAY Lester Piggott M V O'Brien Mr M Valentine 8/1
8 FLIGHT Paul Cook Ken Cundell Mr J O Cameron 8/1
9 THATCH M L Thomas Jack Jarvis Mr T Blackwell 100/8
10 VAKIL-UL-MULK D W Morris Vallance Mr R Johnston 100/6
11 DUSTY HOTEL Birchall Hanley Mr W Burke 33/1
12 FASHIONABLE Greening Nightingall Major P Honner 33/1
13 QASR-I-ZAR W Jesse Meacock Mr J Meacock 33/1
14 SONNET II T Carter Richard Hannon Major P Warren 25/1
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1966 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1566 (equivalent to £35,000 in 2021) Over round 129%