Goodwood Races. So called from Goodwood Park, in which they are held. They begin the last Tuesday of July, and continue four days, of which Thursday (the “cup-day”) is the principal. These races are very select, and admirably conducted. Goodwood Park was purchased by Charles, first Duke of Richmond, of the Compton family, then resident in East Lavant, a village two miles north of Chichester.
(Lengths run). (i) Under a mile and a half:
The Newmarket Stakes, 1 mile 2 furlongs.
The Prince of Wales's Stakes (at Leicester), rather less. The Eclipse Stakes, 1 1/4 mile.
The Kempton Park Stakes, 1 1/4 mile.
The Lancashire Plate (at the September Manchester meeting) is only 7 furlongs. In 1890 the Duke of Portland won all these five races; Ayrshire won two of them, and Donovan the other three.
(ii) Long distances (between 1 1/4 and 3 miles):
The Great Northampton Stakes, 1 1/4 mile.
Ascot (Gold Vase), 2 miles.
Ascot (Gold Cup), 2 1/2 miles.
Ascot (Alexander Plate), 3 miles.
The Chester Cup, 2 1/4 miles.
The Great Metropolitan Stakes (in the Epsom Spring Meeting), 2 1/4 miles. The Hardwicke Stakes, the Goodwood Cup, 2 1/2 miles (in July), and the Doncaster Cup, 2.634 miles (in September), are long races.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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