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 1994 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 HARLESTONE BROOK Willie Carson John Dunlop 4-9st 4lbs Mr John Dunlop 15/2
2 JACK BUTTON Michael Wigham Bob Jones A & B Racing 16/1
3 BARDOLPH Richard Quinn Paul Cole Sir George Meyrick 11/2 jt fav
4 GREEN LANE John Reid Reg Akehurst R N C Lynch 11/2 jt fav
5 MARATHIA Nicky Carlisle S Woods S P C Woods 16/1
6 ARGYLE CAVALIER Michael Roberts Mark Johnston E H Jones Paints 25/1
7 DOYCE Gary Bardwell R J R Williams Lord Matthews 10/1
8 MY DESIRE Kevin Darley Mrs M Reveley Miss Jane Spensley 13/2
9 SWEET GLOW Mick Kinane Martin Pipe Mrs Marilyn Fairbrother 6/1
10 TILTY Tyrone Williams Richard Hannon Cheadle Racing 25/1
11 ALLMOSA D Wright T J Naughton The Durdans Four 16/1
12 PROVENCE Walter Swinburn P W Harris Mrs P W Harris 10/1
BD HAITHAM Jimmy Quinn Bob Buckler B R B Partners 50/1
This race took place on Wednesday 27th July 1994 over 2 miles 4 furlongs. It was valued at £11,550 (equivalent to £19,700 in 2021) Over round 116%