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Formal horseracing began at Goodwood in 1802 Formal horseracing began at Goodwood in 1802, with the first running of a principal race, the Goodwood Cup, a decade later.

Throughout the nineteenth century, several of the principal races, which today continue to be key fixtures of the Goodwood season, were established.

These were the Molecomb Stakes (1833); the Nassau Stakes and Stewards Cup (1840); the Sussex Stakes (1841) and the Richmond Stakes (1877). The two remaining principal races were first run in the Edwardian period: Gordon Stakes (1902); King George Stakes (1911).

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