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 1888 Group 3 1 Mile
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 ZANZIBAR G Barrett 3-9st 1lbs (Taylor) Mr Manton 5/2
2 LOVE IN IDLENESS John Osborne 3-8st 10lbs Prince Soltykoff 9/4 fav
3 PRINCESS PALATINE F Barrett 3-8st 10lbs Baron de Rothschild 10/1
4 BRIAR-ROOT Warne 3-9st 3lbs Mr Douglas Baird 11/2
5 DEVOTE W Robinson 3-8st 10lbs Lord Calthorpe 10/1
6 NINA John Watts 3-8st 10lbs Duke of Hamilton 25/1
7 HALL MARK Tom Cannon 3-8st 10lbs Mr W Low 100/8
This race took place on Friday 3rd August 1888 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at 300 sovereigns (equivalent to £39,000 in 2021). Over round 103%