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Nassau Stakes

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History

wild illusion winning the nassau stakes at goodwood in chichester united kingdom
WILD ILLUSION winning the Nassau Stakes at Goodwood in Chichester, United Kingdom. Picture: (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The Nassau Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for the fillies and mares at Goodwood conducted by the Goodwood Racecourse.
The Nassau Stakes is run over almost a mile and a quarter. It was first run in 1840 and was won by Rosa Bianca.
After initially being for 3yo fillies in 1840, older mares could run from 1975.
It was a Group 2 from the start then a Group 1 in 1999. The original distance was a mile then a mile and quarter in 1900 before the small reduction in 1911.
It is run during the Goodwood Festival in late July or early August known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’.
The name Nassau relates to the association between the former owner of Goodwood racecourse, the 5th Duke Of Richmond and the Netherlands Royal Family (House of Orange-Nassau).
The Nassau Stakes is the follow on from the Falmouth Stakes and before the Yorkshire Oaks in the pattern.
The Nassau Stakes was not run during the War years.
The fillies did win 11 in a row from 1993 but since then, it has been around 50:50.
Nat Flatman and Sir Gordon Richards have most wins with six as a rider while Sir Henry Cecil has eight as a trainer including Midday.
Midday is the only mare to win three times in 2009/2010/2011 for Cecil and Tom Queally.
The Nassau Stakes is worth £600,000 in 2019.
Notable winners of the Nassau Stakes include Winter (2017), Minding (2016), The Fugue (2012), Midday (2009/2010/2011), Ouija Board (2006), Alexander Goldrun (2005), Russian Rhythm (2003), Islington (2002), Ryafan (1997), Ruby Tiger (1991/1992), Roussalka (1975/1976), Aunt Edith (1965), Happy Laughter (1953), Saucy See (1925), Winkipop (1910), Cherry Lass (1905), Pretty Polly (1904), Sceptre (1902), La Fleche (1892) and Virago (1854).
The 2018 Nassau Stakes was won by Wild Illusion from Urban Fox and Veracious.


Racing and Sports

Previous Nassau Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
WILD ILLUSION (GB) 3F
DUBAWI (IRE) - RUMH (GER) MONSUN (GER)
WILLIAM BUICK56.5C APPLEBY6
WINTER (IRE) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - LADDIES POKER TWO (IRE) CHOISIR (AUS)
RYAN MOORE56.5A P O'BRIEN6
MINDING (IRE) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - LILLIE LANGTRY (IRE) DANEHILL DANCER (IRE)
RYAN MOORE56.0A P O'BRIEN1
LEGATISSIMO (IRE) 3F
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - YUMMY MUMMY (GB) MONTJEU (IRE)
W M LORDAN56.0D WACHMAN8
SULTANINA (GB) 4M
NEW APPROACH (IRE) - SOFT CENTRE (GB) ZAFONIC (USA)
WILLIAM BUICK60.5JOHN GOSDEN2
WINSILI (GB) 3F
DANSILI (GB) - WINTER SUNRISE (GB) PIVOTAL (GB)
WILLIAM BUICK56.0JOHN GOSDEN15
THE FUGUE (GB) 3F
DANSILI (GB) - TWYLA THARP (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
R HUGHES56.0JOHN GOSDEN7
MIDDAY (GB) 5M
OASIS DREAM (GB) - MIDSUMMER (GB) KINGMAMBO (USA)
T P QUEALLY60.0SIR HENRY CECIL6
MIDDAY (GB) 4M
OASIS DREAM (GB) - MIDSUMMER (GB) KINGMAMBO (USA)
T P QUEALLY60.0SIR HENRY CECIL2
MIDDAY (GB) 3F
OASIS DREAM (GB) - MIDSUMMER (GB) KINGMAMBO (USA)
T P QUEALLY55.5SIR HENRY CECIL1
HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (IRE) 3F
PIVOTAL (GB) - CASSANDRA GO (IRE) INDIAN RIDGE (IRE)
J MURTAGH55.5A P O'BRIEN4
PEEPING FAWN (USA) 3F
DANEHILL (USA) - MARYINSKY (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
J MURTAGH55.5A P O'BRIEN8
OUIJA BOARD (GB) 5M
CAPE CROSS (IRE) - SELECTION BOARD (GB) WELSH PAGEANT (FR)
L DETTORI57.5ED DUNLOP7
ALEXANDER GOLDRUN (IRE) 4M
GOLD AWAY (IRE) - RENASHAAN (FR) DARSHAAN (GB)
K J MANNING58.5J S BOLGER9
FAVOURABLE TERMS (GB) 4M
SELKIRK (USA) - FATEFULLY (USA) PRIVATE ACCOUNT (USA)
K FALLON58.0SIR MICHAEL STOUTE2
RUSSIAN RHYTHM (USA) 3F
KINGMAMBO (USA) - BALISTROIKA (USA) NIJINSKY II (GB)
K FALLON53.5SIR MICHAEL STOUTE7
ISLINGTON (IRE) 3F
SADLER'S WELLS (USA) - HELLENIC (IRE) DARSHAAN (GB)
K FALLON53.5SIR MICHAEL STOUTE6
LAILANI (GB) 3F
UNFUWAIN (USA) - LAILATI (USA) MR PROSPECTOR (USA)
L DETTORI53.5ED DUNLOP5
CRIMPLENE (IRE) 3F
LION CAVERN (USA) -
PHILIP ROBINSON53.5C E BRITTAIN3

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