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 1981 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 GO LEASING Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 3-8st 8lbs Mr W Norton 15/2
2 VIELLE Geoff Baxter Bruce Hobbs Mr T Blackwell 5/1
3 STRIGIDA Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden 11/2
4 NASSEEM John Reid Houghton HH Aga Khan 4/1 fav
5 LEAP LIVELY John Matthias Ian Balding Mr Paul Mellon 8/1
6 SEASURF Bruce Raymond Michael Jarvis Lady Beaverbrook 8/1
7 VIENDRA Steve Cauthen Barry Hills Mr Robert Sangster 10/1
8 SILKEN KNOT Willie Carson W Hern Sir Michael Sobell 12/1
9 FLIGHTING Brian Rouse John Dunlop Mr A Struthers 12/1
10 FIESTA FUN Joe Mercer Paul Cole Mr M Kirby 14/1
11 MAJIEDA Denis McKay Houghton HH Aga Khan 25/1
This race took place on Saturday 1st August 1981 and was for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £22,885 (equivalent to £70,700 in 2021). Over round 121%