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 1920 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 MOST BEAUTIFUL Strydom 3-8st 6lbs (F Hartigan) Mr Bendon 5/1
2 REDHEAD G Colling 3-8st 10lbs Lord Derby 3/1
3 CINNA W Griggs 3-9st 5lb Sir R Jardine 7/4 fav
4 PINPRICK F Bullock 3-9st 1lbs Lord Astor 6/1
5 QUEEN OF JEST Steve Donoghue 3-9st 1lbs Mr J B Joel 10/1
6 SENHORA H Jelliss 3-8st 5lbs Lord H Vane-Tempest 10/1
This race took place on Friday 30th July 1920 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £200 (equivalent to £29,000 in 2021). Over round 109%