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 1996 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 SOUTHERN POWER Richard Quinn Reg Akehurst 5-10st 0lbs Lucayan Stud 7/2
2 SEA VICTOR Michael Hills J L Harris J David Abell 10/1
3 UNCHANGED Brett Doyle Clive Brittain M J Simmonds 12/1
4 PARADISE NAVY Richard Hughes Charles Egerton Elite Racing Club 7/1
5 SALAMAN Pat Eddery John Dunlop Lady Cohen 100/30 fav
6 MIRADOR Gary Bardwell Roger Curtis Whitehead, McGiven & 2 Kates 9/2
7 CYPRESS AVENUE Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon C T Spencer-Phillips 40/1
8 COLERIDGE Matthew Henry J J Sheehan P J Sheehan 16/1
9 INVEST WISELY Ray Cochrane James Eustace Mr Jeff Smith 10/1
This race took place on Wednesday 31st July 1996 over 2 miles 4 furlongs. It was valued at £15,010 (equivalent to £24,300 in 2021) Over round 111%