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 1979 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 CONNAUGHT BRIDGE Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 3-8st 5lbs Mr H Barker 5/1
2 ODEON Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Helena Springfield Ltd 9/1
3 TEMPUS FUGIT J Lefevre P Lallie (Fr) Sir E Littler 12/1
4 TINTAGEL H Samani J Lyon (Fr) Mrs O Fox-Pitt 3/1 fav
5 SENORITA POQUITO Steve Cauthen Barry Hills Mr R Bonnycastle 7/2
6 RIMOSA'S PET Greville Starkey Michael Stoute Sir Charles Clore 8/1
7 PRINCESS REDOWA Brian Taylor John Winter Colonel Sir D Clague 10/1
8 JAMRA Willie Carson B Olsson Mrs E Thurdin 12/1
9 IDLE HOUR QUEEN John Reid R Houghton Mrs J Rogers 25/1
10 SIRENIVO Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Mr P Goulandris 25/1
This race took place on Saturday 4th August 1979 and was a subscription race of 50 sovereigns each for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £17,730 (equivalent to £70,400 in 2021). Over round 117%