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 1970 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 PRIDE OF ALCIDE Greville Starkey Henry Cecil 4-8st 7lbs Sir Humphrey de Trafford 5/1
2 MY SWAN David Maitland Michael Jarvis Mrs David Robinson 10/1
3 KUTCH Bill Williamson Gordon Smyth Sir Harold Wernher 9/1
4 TIRCONAIL Lester Piggott Armstrong Sir Reginald Webster 2/1 fav
5 QC Geoff Lewis Goddard Mr G A Thorne 10/1
6 RIGHT NOW A Cousins F Cundell Mrs W J Greenwood 100/8
7 MUSTWYN D Ryan W Stephenson Mr N Mendes de Costa 100/7
8 INDOMITABLE Ron Hutchinson H Ryan Price Mrs Douglas Riley-Smith 100/7
9 DUTCH BELLS B Foy L Dale Mr G J Van de Ploeg 100/6
10 DISH OF THE DAY David East Rayson Mr H S Alper 100/6
11 CAPTAIN ROSE J McGinn H Ryan Price Mr R Neston 20/1
This race took place on Wednesday 29th July 1970 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1868 (equivalent to £38,000 in 2021) Over round 116%