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 1997 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 CLOUD INSPECTOR Jason Weaver Mark Johnston 6-9st 4lbs Markus Graff 8/1
2 SHADIRWAN Seb Sanders Reg Akehurst Clive Batt 6/1 co fav
3 SHIRLEY SUE Stanley Chin Mark Johnston Greenland Park Ltd 7/1
4 GO BRITANNIA Pat Eddery David Loder F Jordan 12/1
5 TRANSOM John Reid Amanda Perrett Seymour Cohen 8/1
6 BOLD ELECT Jimmy Quinn Eric Alston G Lowe 20/1
7 SHINING DANCER John Egan Simon Dow Lalemaha Partnership 11/1
8 ONEFOURSEVEN Tyrone Williams Les Eyre J Roundtree 6/1 co fav
9 ARCADY Royston Ffrench J L Harris J H Henderson 6/1 co fav
10 SEA FREEDOM Steve Drowne Geoff Balding Miss B Swire 6/1 co fav
11 SUN ALERT Martin Dwyer M J Polglase K S Lee 33/1
12 UPPER MOUNT CLAIR Michael Roberts Clive Brittain C E Brittain 25/1
This race took place on Wednesday 30th July 1997 over 2 miles 4 furlongs. It was valued at £14,620 (equivalent to £23,300 in 2021) Over round 120%