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 1938 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 VALEDEH Doug Smith Frank Butters 3-8st 5lbs HH Aga Khan 100/8
2 LA-LI Charlie Smirke Frank Butters HH Aga Khan 8/15 fav
3 ASHTORETH T Lowrey Basil Jarvis Mr W Lysaght 100/7
4 HAZY Dick Perryman Cottrill Lord Derby 8/1
5 NIGHT BIRD Eph Smith Barling Mr T F Blackwell 100/7
6 CROIX DE FEU Gordon Richards Fred Darling Mrs M Buchanan 100/8
7 SLY ABBESS M Beary Lawson Sir Abe Bailey 8/1
8 LADY NOEL Bill Rickaby Digby Mr F W Dennis 33/1
9 WILD ORCHIS B Carslake Charles Peck Sir F L Johnson 33/1
10 JOYCE W Cliff Richards Lawson Sir Victor Sassoon 33/1
This race took place on Friday 29th July 1938 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £300 (equivalent to £45,000 in 2021). Over round 127%