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 2012 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 HURRICANE HIGGINS Joe Fanning Mark Johnston 4-9st 10lbs A D Spence 14/1
2 DEFENCE OF DREAMS Jamie Spencer T J Taaffe Mrs Fitri Hay 25/1
3 NEVER CAN TELL Frankie Dettori Jamie Osborne Dr Marwan Koukash 10/1
4 BEYOND Willie Twiston-Davies David Pipe R J F Geffen 9/1
5 CAPE EXPRESS Neil Callan Nicky Henderson A D Spence 7/1 fav
6 SEASIDE SIZZLER Jim Crowley Ralph Beckett I J Heseltine 9/1
7 SABORIDO Pat Dobbs Amanda Perrett Tracey, Cotton, James, Slade 33/1
8 GORDONSVILLE Chris Catlin Jim Goldie Thomson Fyffe Racing 18/1
9 SENTRY DUTY Silvestre De Sousa Nicky Henderson Peter Robert Spiller 25/1
10 WILD DESERT Richard Hughes Charlie Longsden Whites of Coventry,Stephen Dunn 28/1
11 ORSIPPUS Kieren Fallon Michael Smith Mrs Sandra Smith 15/2
12 CLOUDY SPIRIT Luke Morris Reg Hollinshead Mrs Norma Harris 14/1
13 NAFAATH Seb Sanders Neil King Sarah & Wayne Dale 11/1
14 SWINGKEEL Ted Durcan John Dunlop Mrs M E Slade 50/1
15 TROVARE Hayley Turner Amanda Perrett John Connolly 22/1
16 AKBABEND Sam Hitchcott Chris Gordon Gordon Racing 100/1
17 MICA MIKA Paul Hanagan Richard Fahey Mrs Una Towell 20/1
18 FONT William Buick Lawney Hill Hill, Florey, Webb 40/1
PU VEILED Eddie Ahern Nicky Henderson Pump & Plant Services Ltd 12/1
SU ROMEO MONTAGUE Ryan Moore Ed Dunlop Mrs G A Rupert 8/1
This race took place on Wednesday 1st August 2012 over 2 miles 4 furlongs. It was valued at £18,675 (equivalent to £21,700 in 2021) Over round 128%