- Three-year-olds & upwards. One mile & six furlongs. Fillies & mares. First run 2003. (Note: Listed in 2003; Group Three from 2004)
This race was introduced to the Goodwood programme in 2003 as the Gladness Stakes, a Listed contest named after the 1958 Goodwood Cup winner, and the Rae Guest-trained Moments Of Joy won from nine rivals by coming from last to first. The three-year-old filly ran well in the final Classic, the St Leger at Doncaster, finishing fifth.
The following year the 14-furlong contest was upgraded to Group Three status and called the Lillie Langtry Stakes after the famous actress and mistress of the future Edward VII. Astrocharm beat Pongee who went on to run second in the Group One Yorkshire Oaks.
Tartouche, trained near Arundel by Lady Herries, won by a length in 2005 and followed up in 2006 in a tighter finish, prevailing by neck. The Sir Michael Stoute-trained Hi Calypso came from last to first as she gained victory in 2007, before beating All My Loving in the Group Two Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
Gravitation and Folk Opera provided a treat in 2008 as they duelled to the line from fully two furlongs out. The William Jarvis-trained Gravitation, ridden by Alan Munro, nailed her rival in the final stride to clinch a hard-fought success. The runner-up subsequently triumphed in the Grade One E P Taylor Stakes at Woodbine, Canada.
Sevenna, with Tom Queally up, came good in 2009 for Newmarket trainer Sir Henry Cecil, while the Mark Johnston-trained Eastern Aria triumphed in 2010 and went on to add Doncaster’s Group Two Park Hill Stakes to her list of successes.
Only one favourite in the eight runnings has succeeded, while Seb Sanders has partnered the winner on three occasions.
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