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 1866 Group 3 New Mile
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 HEBE Norman 3-8st 10lbs Lord Exeter 16/1
2 MISTLETOE Jem Goater 3-8st 10lbs Mr Padwick 10/1
3 MINERAL Custance 3-8st 10lbs Mr Padwick 16/1
4 BIRD OF EVE J Adams 3-8st 10lbs Mr J Bowes 8/1
5 PENELOPE PLOTWELL T French 3-8st 10lbs Lord Falmouth 16/1
6 CHARMETTE Kitchener 3-8st 10lbs Mr M Lupin 2/1 fav
7 WILD BRIAR Challoner 3-8st 10lbs Mr R C Naylor 6/1
8 NEROLI George Fordham 3-8st 10lbs Mr T Parr 7/1
9 LASS O'GOWRIE Loates 3-8st 10lbs Mr Pryor 12/1
This race took place on Friday 3rd August 1866 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. There were 22 subscribers, and it was valued at 300 sovereigns (equivalent to £39,000 in 2021). Over round 109%