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 1975 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 ROUSSALKA Lester Piggott Henry Cecil 3-8st 8lbs Mr N Phillips 9/4
2 SAUCEBOAT Geoff Lewis Murless Lt-Colonel J Hornung 8/13 fav
3 FOILED AGAIN Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Mr D Davidson 15/2
4 PERSIAN MARKET Alan Kimberley Jeremy Hindley Mr O Waller 6/1
5 HIMAWARI Frank Morby Houghton Mr J Kashiyama 6/1
6 LYNWOOD SOVEREIGN Tony Murray Brittain Mr J Hill 25/1
This race took place on Saturday 2nd August 1975 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £10,720 (equivalent to £230,000 in 2021). Over round 136%