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 Handicap 1988 Handicap 2 miles 3 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 DAM BUSTERS Pat Eddery Mrs Lester Piggott 3-9st 9lbs Mrs Darryl Myers 7/1
2 PENNY FORUM N Adams John Sutcliffe Mr R J Surridge 9/2 jt fav
3 NOMADIC WAY Michael Hills Barry Hills Mr Robert Sangster 8/1
4 FAUX PAVILLION Ray Cochrane A Hide Mr Chris Ring 9/2 jt fav
5 HARLESTONE LAKE Willie Carson John Dunlop Mr John Dunlop 6/1
6 RUSSIAN AFFAIR Ron Hillis Reg Akehurst Mr Peter Hodgson 5/1
7 SHIPBOURNE J Curant Rod Simpson Mr Terry Ramsden 16/1
8 TROJAN LEGEND Tony Ives R Williams Mrs John Van Geest 10/1
9 ITMA Tyrone Williams C Benstead Mr Robert Gibbons 20/1
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1988 over 2 miles 3 furlongs. It was valued at £7,305 (equivalent to £17,200 in 2021) Over round 111%