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 1976 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 ROUSSALKA Lester Piggott Henry Cecil 4-9st 6lbs Mr N Phillips 15/8 fav
2 SAUCEBOAT Richard Fox Murless Lt-Colonel J Hornung 13/2
3 SILKEN WAY Joe Mercer W Hern Sir Michael Sobell 7/1
4 HEAVEN KNOWS Eric Eldin Ron Smyth Mr Gavin Pritchard Gordon 7/2
5 EVERYTHING NICE Geoff Lewis Bruce Hobbs Mr P Sindohinos 6/1
6 IPPOLYTI Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Mr C Karpidas 8/1
7 SPIRANTHES Ron Hutchinson John Dunlop Mr Nelson Bunker Hunt 12/1
8 MEMORY LANE John Matthias Ian Balding Mr Paul Mellon 16/1
9 ROWANTREE Philip Waldron Ian Balding Colonel J Berry 20/1
10 ISLAND DEGREE Ernie Johnson Barry Hills Mr Robert Sangster 33/1
This race took place on Saturday 31st July 1976 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £13,920 (equivalent to £280,000 in 2021). Over round 136%