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 1985 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 OBERTURA Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 3-8st 11lbs Prince Khalid Abdulla 9/4 fav
2 EASTER LEE Gary Carter David Elsworth Mr A Hunt 6/1
3 TRADE LINE Ray Cochrane Ron Sheather Mr M Scott 12/1
4 TRAPEZE ARTIST John Reid Nick Vigors Introgroup Holdings 8/1
5 JAMESMEAD Walter Swinburn David Elsworth Mr D Allen 8/1
6 MISS NEVER HYDE Gay Kelleway Paul Kelleway Mrs J Nicolaides 33/1
7 FLOYD Brian Rouse David Elsworth Mr M Walsh 4/1
8 NESTOR Philip Waldron Geoff Lewis Mr P Hamlyn 10/1
9 YALE Pat Eddery Ron Boss Mr K Bethel 20/1
10 CHARLES STUART Paul Eddery R Baker Mr I Pitt 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 31st July 1985 over 2 miles 3 furlongs. It was valued at £7,648 (equivalent to £19,000 in 2021) Over round 113%