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 1956 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 DILETTANTE Doug Smith J F Watts 3-8st 10lbs Lord Derby 6/1
2 KYAK Manny Mercer G Colling Mr R D Hollingsworth 9/2
3 BLUESALA II R Poincelet Alec Head (Fr) HH Aga Khan 4/1
4 HUSTLE Eph Smith T Leader Mr H Joel 100/8
5 SONSA Bill Rickaby Boyd-Rochfort Lady Zia Wernher 100/6
6 COLONNADE Scobie Breasley Bertie Captain D Fitzgerald 11/4 fav
7 KANTARA W H Carr Boyd-Rochfort HM The Queen 10/1
8 ORINTHIA Edgar Britt Elsey Mr Phil Bull 9/1
9 GRENADINE Lester Piggott Nightingall Mr C Bell 25/1
This race took place on Friday 3rd August 1956 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £2121 1s (equivalent to £56,000 in 2021). Over round 115%