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 2008 Group 1 1 Mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 HALFWAY TO HEAVEN Johnny Murtagh Aiden O'Brien 3-8st 10lbs Mrs J Magnier & M Tabor 5/1
2 LUSH LASHES Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Mrs J Bolger & J Corcoran Evens fav
3 PASSAGE OF TIME Ted Durcan Sir Henry Cecil Khaled Abdullah 8/1
4 HEAVEN SENT Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Cheveley Park Stud 15/2
5 MUTHABARA Richard Hills John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 7/1
6 CLASSIC REMARK Micky Fenton Harry Dunlop Hesmonds Stud 50/1
7 SOFT MORNING Seb Sanders Sir Mark Prescott Miss K Rausing 25/1
8 MAJESTIC ROI Eddie Creighton Mick Channon Jaber Abdullah 20/1
9 SUGAR MINT Michael Hills Barry Hills Mr Richard Barnes 66/1
This race took place on Saturday 2nd August 2008 and was for 3-y-o fillies carrying 8st 10lbs. It was valued at £113,540 (equivalent to £149,500 in 2021). Over round 115%