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 1990 Handicap 2 miles 50 yds
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 MAKE CONTACT Pat Eddery Reg Akehurst 4-9st 2lbs Mr Seymour Cohn 9/4 fav
2 ACCESS SKI Michael Roberts Ron Boss Miss Elaine Williams 8/1
3 SILVER OWL Willie Carson Ron Smyth Mr D R Hunnisett 7/1
4 LOVERS MOON Ray Cochrane Guy Harwood Sheikh Mohammed 3/1
5 CASUAL FLASH S O'Gorman Ian Balding Mr George Strawbridge 5/1
6 KINO Brett Doyle Clive Brittain Dowager Lady Beaverbrook 12/1
7 THIRTY FIRST John Reid John Dunlop Mr John Dunlop 20/1
This race took place on Wednesday 1st August 1990 over 2 miles 50 yards. It was valued at £7,570 (equivalent to £17,200 in 2021) Over round 107%