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 2007 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 SECRET PLAY Steve Drowne Hughie Morrison 7-8st 6lbs A M Carding 16/1
2 AFRAD Michael Hills Nicky Henderson The Not Afraid Partnership 14/1
3 NOODLES WAY Luke Morris John Panvert W Cox 25/1
4 ESPRIT DE CORPS Jamie Spencer Philip Hobbs Mrs M Findlay 4/1 fav
5 SOM TALA Hugh Bowman Mick Channon Sheikh Ahmad Al Maktoum 9/2
6 GREAT AS GOLD P J McDonald Brian Ellison Keith Middleton 20/1
7 BAUHAUS Chris Catlin Richard Phillips Jim Morrow 40/1
8 DOCTOR SCOTT Joe Fanning Mark Johnston Irene White & Helen Bogie 11/1
9 POCKET TOO K May M Salaman Oaktree Racing 50/1
10 FULL HOUSE Jimmy Fortune Paul Webber Chamberlain Adduscott Partners 11/2
11 SCREENPLAY Paul Hanagan Gary Moore The Horse Players 25/1
12 KAYF ARAMIS Jimmy Quinn John Spearing Mrs I Phipps Coltman 20/1
13 NOBLE MINSTREL Jim Crowley Stuart Williams Alasdair Simpson 11/1
14 WHISPERING DEATH Liam Jones William Haggas Andrea & Graham Wylie 15/2
15 COMMEMORATION DAY Franny Norton Milton Harris Alan Bosley 14/1
16 NERO WEST Tom Eaves Ian Semple Mr & Mrs Charles Villiers 20/1
This race took place on Wednesday 1st August 2007 over 2 miles 4 furlongs. It was valued at £31,160 (equivalent to £42,500 in 2021) Over round 128%