Nassau Stakes

The Nassau Stakes, joint fifth oldest race at the Glorious Goodwood meeting along with the Chesterfield Cup, was named by the 5th Duke of Richmond, Charles Gordon-Lennox, in honour of his close ties and support of the House of Orange-Nassau, the reigning House of the Netherlands, and is a Group 1 race for fillies and mares aged 3 and above over 1 mile 1 furlong and 192 yards. When first contested, it was restricted to 3-year-old fillies over a mile, but in 1900 it was extended to 1 mile 4 furlongs, although it was reduced to its current distance in 1911. Race conditions were changed in 1975 when fillies and mares aged 4 and above were allowed entry and, at one stage, it was a Group 2 race, but was promoted to Group 1 level in 1999. It traditionally takes place on the third day of the 5-day meeting.
Early history:-The inaugural running of the Nassau Stakes was on Friday 31st July 1840 when Lord George Bentinck's 3-year-old filly Rosa Bianca defeated a Priam Filly and Sillistria.

Nassau Stakes 1850 Group 3 New Mile
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 NUTMEG Charles Marlow 3-8st 7lbs Lord Exeter 3/1
2 THE COUNTESS Nat Flatman 3-8st 7lbs Mr Gratwicke 1/2 fav
3 HARUM-SCARUM F Butler 3-8st 7lbs Duke of Richmond 5/1
This race took place on Friday 2nd August 1850 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 7lbs. There were 16 subscribers, and it was valued at 300 sovereigns (equivalent to £43,000 in 2021). This race was run in 2 heats. Over round 108%