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 1954 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 KEY Willie Snaith Murless 3-9st 5lbs Sir Victor Sassoon 4/1
2 QUEENS BEECHES Manny Mercer G Colling Mr M Ostrer 15/2
3 HYPERA W H Carr Boyd-Rochfort Mrs E Graham 100/8
4 SEA DREAM Eph Smith Boyd-Rochfort Mr J Hanes 20/1
5 SYBILS NIECE Bill Rickaby Jack Jarvis Lord Milford 2/1 fav
6 FROTH Rae Johnstone Harry Wragg Sir Percy Loraine 7/1
7 SUNNY GULF J Wilson Jerdein Miss Dorothy Paget 100/8
8 STARLIGHT SERENADE Doug Smith Brooke Lady Harrington 100/6
9 GAIETY GIRL Charlie Smirke Ingham Mrs M Benson 20/1
10 CAOL ILA Scobie Breasley Cannon Mr J Morrison 20/1
This race took place on Friday 30th July 1954 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £1000 (equivalent to £45,000 in 2021). Over round 114%