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 1968 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 HILL SHADE Sandy Barclay Murless 3-8st 0lbs Mr George A Pope jnr 5/6 fav
2 PSEUDONYM Eric Eldin Jack Waugh Lady Macdonald Buchanan 9/2
3 GRANDPA'S LEGACY Ron Sheather Geoff Balding Major P J C Honner 25/1
4 TUDOR VIMY Frankie Durr Miss Nightingall Mr E D Allen 100/8
5 NEVER RED Brian Taylor H Leader Mr G B Nathorst 4/1
6 FAIR PATRICIA Ron Hutchinson Todd Mr G F H Donnehy 100/7
7 ZAMBESI Scobie Breasley Gordon Richards Mrs R Henriques 100/7
This race took place on Friday 2nd August 1968 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £1656 (equivalent to £36,000 in 2021). Over round 118%