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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

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
DEIRDRE (JPN) 5M
HARBINGER (GB) - REIZEND (JPN) SPECIAL WEEK (JPN)
OISIN MURPHY 60.5 M HASHIDA 4
WILD ILLUSION (GB) 3F
DUBAWI (IRE) - RUMH (GER) MONSUN (GER)
WILLIAM BUICK 56.5 C APPLEBY 6
WINTER (IRE) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - LADDIES POKER TWO (IRE) CHOISIR (AUS)
RYAN MOORE 56.5 A P O'BRIEN 6
MINDING (IRE) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - LILLIE LANGTRY (IRE) DANEHILL DANCER (IRE)
RYAN MOORE 56.0 A P O'BRIEN 1
LEGATISSIMO (IRE) 3F
DANEHILL DANCER (IRE) - YUMMY MUMMY (GB) MONTJEU (IRE)
W M LORDAN 56.0 D WACHMAN 8
SULTANINA (GB) 4M
NEW APPROACH (IRE) - SOFT CENTRE (GB) ZAFONIC (USA)
WILLIAM BUICK 60.5 JOHN GOSDEN 2
WINSILI (GB) 3F
DANSILI (GB) - WINTER SUNRISE (GB) PIVOTAL (GB)
WILLIAM BUICK 56.0 JOHN GOSDEN 15
THE FUGUE (GB) 3F
DANSILI (GB) - TWYLA THARP (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
R HUGHES 56.0 JOHN GOSDEN 7
MIDDAY (GB) 5M
OASIS DREAM (GB) - MIDSUMMER (GB) KINGMAMBO (USA)
T P QUEALLY 60.0 SIR HENRY CECIL 6
MIDDAY (GB) 4M
OASIS DREAM (GB) - MIDSUMMER (GB) KINGMAMBO (USA)
T P QUEALLY 60.0 SIR HENRY CECIL 2
MIDDAY (GB) 3F
OASIS DREAM (GB) - MIDSUMMER (GB) KINGMAMBO (USA)
T P QUEALLY 55.5 SIR HENRY CECIL 1
HALFWAY TO HEAVEN (IRE) 3F
PIVOTAL (GB) - CASSANDRA GO (IRE) INDIAN RIDGE (IRE)
J MURTAGH 55.5 A P O'BRIEN 4
PEEPING FAWN (USA) 3F
DANEHILL (USA) - MARYINSKY (IRE) SADLER'S WELLS (USA)
J MURTAGH 55.5 A P O'BRIEN 8
OUIJA BOARD (GB) 5M
CAPE CROSS (IRE) - SELECTION BOARD (GB) WELSH PAGEANT (FR)
L DETTORI 57.5 ED DUNLOP 7
ALEXANDER GOLDRUN (IRE) 4M
GOLD AWAY (IRE) - RENASHAAN (FR) DARSHAAN (GB)
K J MANNING 58.5 J S BOLGER 9
FAVOURABLE TERMS (GB) 4M
SELKIRK (USA) - FATEFULLY (USA) PRIVATE ACCOUNT (USA)
K FALLON 58.0 SIR MICHAEL STOUTE 2
RUSSIAN RHYTHM (USA) 3F
KINGMAMBO (USA) - BALISTROIKA (USA) NIJINSKY II (GB)
K FALLON 53.5 SIR MICHAEL STOUTE 7
ISLINGTON (IRE) 3F
SADLER'S WELLS (USA) - HELLENIC (IRE) DARSHAAN (GB)
K FALLON 53.5 SIR MICHAEL STOUTE 6
LAILANI (GB) 3F
UNFUWAIN (USA) - LAILATI (USA) MR PROSPECTOR (USA)
L DETTORI 53.5 ED DUNLOP 5
CRIMPLENE (IRE) 3F
LION CAVERN (USA) -
PHILIP ROBINSON 53.5 C E BRITTAIN 3

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