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 2003 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 KNAVESMIRE OMEN Darryll Holland Mark Johnston 4-9st 12lbs The Omen Partnership 7/1
2 POSITIVE PROFILE Richard Quinn Patrick Haslam Chelgate Public Relations 33/1
3 RANDOM QUEST Sam Htchcott Paul Cole The Blandford Partnership 10/1
4 MANA D'ARGENT Joe Fanning Mark Johnston Daniel A Cooper 11/1
5 KRISTENSEN Kieren Fallon D Eddy Equiname Ltd 8/1
6 HEIR TO BE Kevin Darley John Dunlop I Stewart-Brown & M Meacock 13/2 fav
7 HENRY ISLAND Franny Norton Mrs A J Bowlby J A Danahar 33/1
8 ULSHAW David Kinsella Bernard Llewellyn Mrs Vicki Guy 40/1
9 IT'S DEFINITE Jimmy Quinn Alan Jarvis R Owen 10/1
10 MOON EMPEROR Richard Hughes John Jenkins R M Ellis 14/1
11 BOBSLEIGH Mick Kinane Amanda Perrett A & Mrs F Ogilvy 10/1
12 MARAKABEI Seb Sanders Rae Guest Mrs Jane Poulter 7/1
13 DUKE OF EARL Jimmy Fortune Sylvester Kirk Speedlith Group 33/1
14 RIYADH Jamie Spencer James Fanshawe A S Helaiassi 11/1
15 KAPAROLO Pat Eddery Amanda Perrett John Connolly 33/1
This race took place on Wednesday 30th July 2003 over 2 miles 4 furlongs. It was valued at £23,200 (equivalent to £34,300 in 2021) Over round 115%