|Group 3 race|
|Location|| Goodwood Racecourse |
W. Sussex, England
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||5f (1,006 metres)|
|Weight||9 st 1 lb |
3 lb for fillies
5 lb for G1 / G2 winners
3 lb for G3 winners
|Purse|| £40,000 (2020)|
|Liberty Beach||Alligator Alley||Show Me Show Me|
|Rumble Inthejungle||Life of Riley||Soldier's Call|
|Havana Grey||Invincible Army||To Wafij|
|Yalta||The Last Lion||Global Applause|
|Kachy||King Of Rooks||Rouleau|
|Cotai Glory||Fast Act||Beacon|
|Requinto||Burwaaz||Charles The Great|
|Zebedee||Stone Of Folca||Choose Wisely|
|Monsieur Chevalier||Mister Manannan||Archers Road|
|Fleeting Spirit||Kingsgate Native||Captain Gerrard|
|Enticing||Wi Dud||Bahama Mama|
|Strike Up The Band||Pickett||Waterways|
|Tournedos||Mary Read||Safari Sunset|
|Majestic Missile||Nights Cross||Dallaah|
|Wunders Dream||Sir Edwin Landseer||Folio|
|Misty Eyed||Bouncing Bowdler||Red Millennium|
|Inya Lake||Amazing Dream||Speedy James|
|Carmine Lake||Connemara||Deep Finesse|
|Hoh Magic||Raghida||Che Sara Sara|
|Risky||Imperial Bailiwick||Isabella Sharp|
|Sahara Star||Another Episode||Regal Chimes|
|Poets Cove||It's All Academic||Seductress|
|Haunting Beauty||Red Henry||Boozy|
|Almost Blue||Paddy Chalk||Konbola|
The Molecomb Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old horses. It is run at Goodwood over a distance of 5 furlongs (1,006 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late July or early August.
The event is named after Molecomb, a house on the Goodwood Estate originally built by the 3rd Duke of Richmond for his sister Lady Sarah Lennox. The race was established in 1829, and the inaugural running was won by Convert.
The Molecomb Stakes was originally open to two-year-olds of either gender, but it was restricted to fillies in 1932. It was reopened to colts and geldings in 1981.
The race is currently held on the second day of the five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting.
Leading jockey (8 wins):
Leading trainer (7 wins):
|1980||Marwell||Lester Piggott||Michael Stoute|
|1981||Prowess Prince||Lester Piggott||Eric Eldin|
|1982||Kafu||Greville Starkey||Guy Harwood|
|1983||Precocious||Lester Piggott||Henry Cecil|
|1984||Absent Chimes||Philip Robinson||David Thom|
|1985||Hotbee||Tyrone Williams||John Bridger|
|1986||Gemini Fire||Steve Cauthen||Paul Felgate||1:01.15|
|1987||Classic Ruler||John Reid||Charlie Nelson||0:59.33|
|1988||Almost Blue||John Carroll||Jack Berry||1:01.16|
|1989||Haunting Beauty||Pat Eddery||Jimmy Etherington||1:00.15|
|1990||Poets Cove||John Reid||Wally Carter||0:57.53|
|1991||Sahara Star||John Reid||Michael Stoute||0:59.14|
|1992||Millyant||Michael Roberts||Rae Guest||0:57.58|
|1993||Risky||Walter Swinburn||Richard Hannon Sr.||1:00.77|
|1994||Hoh Magic||Michael Hills||Michael Bell||0:57.75|
|1995||Almaty||Kevin Darley||Con Collins||0:58.17|
|1996||Carmine Lake||John Reid||Peter Chapple-Hyam||0:58.32|
|1997||Lady Alexander||Pat Shanahan||Con Collins||1:00.12|
|1998||Inya Lake||Richard Quinn||Mick Channon||0:59.96|
|1999||Misty Miss||John Egan||David Evans||0:58.37|
|2000||Misty Eyed||Lee Newman||Nerys Dutfield||0:58.48|
|2001||Whitbarrow||Basil Marcus||Rod Millman||0:58.25|
|2002||Wunders Dream||Micky Fenton||James Given||0:58.28|
|2003||Majestic Missile||Michael Hills||William Haggas||0:58.83|
|2004||Tournedos||Ted Durcan||Mick Channon||0:58.54|
|2005||Strike Up the Band||Adrian Nicholls||David Nicholls||0:58.36|
|2006||Enticing||Michael Hills||William Haggas||0:59.19|
|2007||Fleeting Spirit||Johnny Murtagh||Jeremy Noseda||0:57.96|
|2008||Finjaan||Richard Hills||Marcus Tregoning||0:57.88|
|2009||Monsieur Chevalier||Richard Hughes||Richard Hannon Sr.||0:58.24|
|2010||Zebedee||Richard Hughes||Richard Hannon Sr.||0:58.49|
|2011||Requinto||Wayne Lordan||David Wachman||0:57.51|
|2012||Bungle Inthejungle||Martin Harley||Mick Channon||0:58.22|
|2013||Brown Sugar||Pat Dobbs||Richard Hannon Sr.||0:59.30|
|2014||Cotai Glory||George Baker||Charles Hills||0:57.30|
|2015||Kachy||Richard Kingscote||Tom Dascombe||0:58.55|
|2016||Yalta||James Doyle||Mark Johnston||0:57.14|
|2017||Havana Grey||P. J. McDonald||Karl Burke||1:00.89|
|2018||Rumble Inthejungle||Tom Queally||Richard Spencer||0:58.22|
|2019||Liberty Beach||Jason Hart||John Quinn||0:58.88|
|2020||Steel Bull||Colin Keane||Michael O'Callaghan||0:58.59|
* The 1941 running took place at Newmarket.
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