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 1974 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 REINE BEAU Alan Bond Masson 4-7st 7lbs Mr M Vine 10/1
2 MALLARD Richard Fox A Jones Dr A Jones 25/1
3 BOLD AS BRASS Philip Waldron Candy Mr H Oppenheimer 25/1
4 PAMROY T Carter Breasley Mr A Kennedy 9/2 fav
5 BOCO R Wernham Houghton Sir R Verdin 11/2
6 CUMBERNAULD Lester Piggott H Ryan Price Mr R Muddle 13/2
7 CADOGAN LANE Willie Carson Barry Hills Mr E Kessly 13/2
8 RED REEF John Matthias Ian Balding Mr Paul Mellon 11/1
9 LINKENHOLT T Rogers Blagrave Mr H Blagrave 14/1
10 WOODVALE Ernie Johnson Holland Mr R Murphy 16/1
11 ERIC A Cressy V Cross Mr T Cornwell 16/1
12 TIME DING Paul Cook T Forster Mrs G Lugg 20/1
13 CONSIGLIO Des Cullen Guy Harwood Mr F Kneen 33/1
14 TUDORMEAD Ian Johnson Patrick Haslam Mr T Morgan 33/1
This race took place on Wednesday 31st July 1974 and was a subscription race of 10 sovereigns each. It was valued at £1832 (equivalent to £35,000 in 2021) Over round 116%