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 1939 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 OLEIN T Lowrey Basil Jarvis 3-9st 8lbs Lord Glanely 13/2
2 FLYOLLEY Harry Wragg Ossie Bell Sir Hugo Cunliffe-Owen 7/1
3 FOXCRAFT Gordon Richards Fred Darling Mrs M Buchanan 11/2
4 BUOYANT B Carslake Noel Cannon Mr James V Rank 10/1
5 SONSIE WENCH Eph Smith Jack Jarvis Lord Rosebery 8/1
6 SCENERY R A Jones Lawson Lord Astor 5/2 fav
7 NIGHT SHIFT Dick Perryman Walter Earl Lord Derby 20/1
8 CINCHONA J Simpson Barling Lord Ellesmere 10/1
9 VIRGINIA A Richardson William Jarvis Mr Esmond Harmsworth 20/1
10 VALANDRA T Weston Reg Day Mr J A Hirst 20/1
11 SOLOPAL Doug Smith Frank Butters Miss Dorothy Paget 100/8
12 WHERE AWAY W Nevett Boyd-Rochfort Mr J H Whitney 20/1
This race took place on Friday 28th July 1939 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 125%