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 1985 Group 3 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 FREE GUEST Pat Eddery Luca Cumani 4-9st 8lbs Fittocks Stud Ltd 11/2
2 I WANT TO BE Brian Rouse John Dunlop Sheikh Mohammed 12/1
3 DOMINO'S NURSE Greville Starkey Kauntze (Ire) Mr N Robinson 10/1
4 AL BAHATHRI Tony Murray Thomson-Jones Hamdan Al Maktoum 5/4 fav
5 ZAIZAFON Paul Cook Barry Hills Prince Khalid Abdulla 5/1
6 LITTLE DEEP WATER Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Mr Harry Demetriou 10/1
7 STELLA GRANDE Ray Cochrane Ron Sheather Mr D McIntyre 12/1
8 GAY HELLENE Willie Carson W Hern Sir Michael Sobell 12/1
9 MORNING DEVOTION Brent Thomson Michael Stoute Mr Robert Sangster 20/1
10 GOODY BLAKE John Reid Wragg Mr H Morriss 25/1
11 ENGLISH SPRING Joe Mercer Ian Balding Mr Paul Mellon 20/1
This race took place on Saturday 3rd August 1985 and was for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £32,485 (equivalent to £80,900 in 2021). Over round 132%