Nassau Stakes

The Group 1 Nassau Stakes is one of the top ten furlong races of the season for fillies and mares.

The Nassau Stakes takes place on Thursday 3rd August 2023.

It takes place at the Glorious Goodwood Festival and often attracts Classic winners. Sir Henry Cecil’s Midday won the race for a record three successive years from 2009 to 2011.

Other notable winners include Ouija Board (2006), Legatissimo (2015), Minding (2016) and Winter (2017).

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Nassau Stakes

The Race – Nassau Stakes Overview

The Nassau Stakes is a Group 1 race held in the UK for fillies and mares aged three and up.

It is held every year in late July or early August at Goodwood Racecourse over a distance of 1 mile, 1 furlong, and 197 yards.

It is currently held on the third day (Thursday) of the five-day summer meeting.

There is usually a small field so there are no issues with the draw but the undulations at the Sussex course make this a good stamina test.

It is often won by fillies and mares with previous winning form at a mile and a quarter or further.

Famous Nassau Stakes Winners & History

The Nassau Stakes was first run in 1840 with victory going to Rosa Bianca.

It was originally over one mile and was confined to three-year-old fillies. The distance was extended to a mile and a half in 1900 before being cut to its present trip in 1911.

Fillies and mares aged four or older were permitted to enter from 1975 onwards.

Notable early Nassau Stakes winners include Sceptre (1902) and Pretty Polly (1904).

Sceptre remains the only racehorse in history to win four British Classics. She won the 1000 and 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Oaks and the St Leger at Doncaster.

Pretty Polly won the fillies’ Triple Crown of 1000 Guineas, Oaks and St Leger during a fifteen race winning streak.

Roussalka (1975 and 1976) became the first dual winner of the Nassau Stakes, a feat replicated by Ruby Tiger (1991 and 1992).

Midday then reeled off a hat-trick of victories, her first victory in 2009 making amends for finishing runner-up in both the English and Irish Oaks. She then won the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf and followed her 2010 Nassau Stakes triumph with victories in the Yorkshire Oaks and the Prix Vermeille. Her final success here came at the expense of another superstar mare in Snow Fairy, beating that rival by 2 lengths in 2011.

The most thrilling renewal of the Nassau Stakes came in 2006 when Ouija Board edged out Alexander Goldrun by a short-head. The runner-up hit the front narrowly over a furlong out before the two mares battled it out to the line. Ouija Board won the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf in 2004 and 2006 in a brilliant globetrotting career, netting over $6million for her owners on her travels.

Nassau Stakes 2023 Odds

Listed below are the Nassau Stakes 2023 odds:

Nassau Stakes
  • Date: Thursday 28th of July 2022
  • Time: 15:35
  • Details: 9 Runners
Lilac Road
My Astra
Ville De Grace
Rogue Millennium
One For Bobby

Nassau Stakes Tips 2023

Read below for our tips on the 2023 Nassau Stakes:

  • 2 points to win on TBC
  • 1 point each way on TBC

Nassau Stakes Previous Winners

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1975Roussalka3Lester PiggottHenry CecilNicky Phillips
1976Roussalka4Lester PiggottHenry CecilNicky Phillips
1977Triple First3Greville StarkeyMichael StouteR Clifford-Turner
1978Cistus3Willie CarsonDick HernMichael Sobell
1979Connaught Bridge3Joe MercerHenry CecilH Barker
1980Vielle3Geoff BaxterBruce HobbsTom Blackwell
1981Go Leasing3Greville StarkeyGuy HarwoodW. Norton
1982Dancing Rocks3Pat EdderyHarry WraggPhilip Oppenheimer
1983Acclimatise3Geoff BaxterBruce HobbsJocelyn Hambro2:08.80
1984Optimistic Lass3Walter SwinburnMichael StouteSheikh Mohammed2:11.90
1985Free Guest4Pat EdderyLuca CumaniFittocks Stud2:14.10
1986Park Express3John ReidJim BolgerPaddy Burns2:08.40
1987Nom de Plume3Steve CauthenHenry CecilSheikh Mohammed2:07.08
1988Ela Romara3Pat EdderyGeoff WraggExors of Eric Moller2:10.36
1989Mamaluna3Greville StarkeyGuy HarwoodAthos Christodoulou2:06.88
1990Kartajana3Walter SwinburnMichael StouteHH Aga Khan IV2:04.96
1991Ruby Tiger4Richard QuinnPaul ColeMrs Philip Blacker2:08.71
1992Ruby Tiger5Richard QuinnPaul ColeMrs Philip Blacker2:07.78
1993Lyphard's Delta3Willie RyanHenry CecilSaud bin Khaled2:11.93
1994Hawajiss3Walter SwinburnMichael StouteMaktoum Al Maktoum2:06.17
1995Caramba3Michael RobertsRichard Hannon Sr.7th Earl of Carnarvon2:08.65
1996Last Second3George DuffieldMark PrescottFaisal bin Salman2:07.45
1997Ryafan3Michael HillsJohn GosdenKhalid Abdullah2:05.56
1998Alborada3George DuffieldMark PrescottKirsten Rausing2:08.01
1999Zahrat Dubai3Gary StevensSaeed bin SuroorGodolphin2:05.56
2000Crimplene3Philip RobinsonClive BrittainMarwan Al Maktoum2:05.30
2001Lailani3Frankie DettoriEd DunlopMaktoum Al Maktoum2:07.12
2002Islington3Kieren FallonMichael StouteExors of Lord Weinstock2:04.69
2003Russian Rhythm3Kieren FallonMichael StouteCheveley Park Stud2:04.80
2004Favourable Terms4Kieren FallonMichael StouteMaktoum Al Maktoum2:05.70
2005Alexander Goldrun4Kevin ManningJim BolgerMiriam O'Callaghan2:08.02
2006Ouija Board5Frankie DettoriEd Dunlop19th Earl of Derby2:04.47
2007Peeping Fawn3Johnny MurtaghAidan O'BrienTabor / Magnier2:04.53
2008Halfway to Heaven3Johnny MurtaghAidan O'BrienTabor / Smith / Magnier2:09.73
2009Midday3Tom QueallyHenry CecilKhalid Abdullah2:09.42
2010Midday4Tom QueallyHenry CecilKhalid Abdullah2:07.25
2011Midday5Tom QueallyHenry CecilKhalid Abdullah2:07.72
2012The Fugue4Richard HughesJohn GosdenLord Lloyd-Webber2:09.61
2013Winsili3William BuickJohn GosdenKhalid Abdullah2:06.19
2014Sultanina4William BuickJohn GosdenNormandie Stud2:06.58
2015Legatissimo3Wayne LordanDavid WachmanMagnier / Tabor / Smith2:06.04
2016Minding3Ryan MooreAidan O'BrienSmith / Magnier / Tabor2:05.05
2017Winter3Ryan MooreAidan O'BrienMagnier / Tabor / Smith2:11.79
2018Wild Illusion3William BuickCharlie ApplebyGodolphin2:06.22
2019Deirdre5Oisin MurphyMitsuru HashidaToji Morita2:02.93
2020Fancy Blue3Ryan MooreDonnacha O'BrienMagnier / Tabor / Smith2:04.99
2021Lady Bowthorpe5Kieran ShoemarkWilliam JarvisEmma Banks2:08.94
2022Nashwa3Hollie DoyleJohn & Thady GosdenImad Alsagar2:05.77

Nassau Stakes Previous Result

Key Nassau Stakes Trials

The most productive trials for the Nassau Stakes in recent years have been the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh. Winsili (2013) and Wild Illusion (2018) had finished fourth and second respectively in the Ribblesdale prior to winning here.

The Epsom Oaks and the Irish Oaks at the Curragh also regularly provide clues to the outcome of the Nassau Stakes. Legatissimo was second in both races before winning here in 2015. Minding won the Epsom Classic and the Pretty Polly Stakes.

Nassau Stakes Betting Trends

Favourites have a good recent record in the Nassau Stakes, winning five of the last twelve. The shortest-priced winner was Minding (2016) who returned at 1-5 for Aidan O’Brien. The same trainer also saddled 10-11 favourite Winter (2017).

Midday was an 11-2 chance for her first Nassau win in 2009 but returned favourite for both subsequent victories. Shock results have been known but nine of the last twelve winners came from the first three in the betting. Winsili (2013) and Deirdre (2019) provided 20-1 upsets.

Nassau Stakes Stats

Three-year-olds have a good recent record in this race, winning five of the last seven renewals. Legatissimo (2015), Minding (2016), Winter (2017), Wild Illusion (2018) and Fancy Blue (2020) all won the Nassau after competing in Classic races earlier in the summer. High-class five-year-olds can win here, a point illustrated by the recent victories of Deirdre (2019) and Lady Bowthorpe (2021).

Class usually comes to the fore with 10 of the last 12 winners having won at least once at Group 1 to 3 level. An official rating of 111 or higher is usually required to win this, although Winsili (2013) and Sultanina (2014) were below that at 103 and 105 respectively.

Top Trainers and Jockeys

The late Sir Henry Cecil is the all-time leading trainer in the history of the Nassau Stakes with eight winners. He first struck with Roussalka (1975, 1976) and was successful with Connaught Bridge (1979), Nom de Plume (1987) and Lyphard’s Delta (1993). His final three victories came courtesy of Midday (2009, 2010, 2011).

Sir Michael Stoute is only one behind Cecil’s record with seven winners, although he has not won it since a run of three successive victories; Islington (2002), Russian Rhythm (2003) and Favourable Terms (2004).

John Gosden also won it three times in a row with The Fugue (2012), Winsili (2013) and Sultanina (2014) while Aidan O’Brien has four victories to his credit to date.

The leading jockeys are Nat Flatman and Sir Gordon Richards who rode six winners apiece. The last of Flatman’s winners was Cantine in 1859 while Sir Gordon struck for the final time aboard Sea Parrot in 1951.

The most successful jockeys in recent times have been William Buick and Ryan Moore, each winning it three times in the past nine seasons.

Betting on the Nassau Stakes

The Ante-post betting on the Nassau Stakes usually centres around the Classic form. There are other options for trainers of 1000 Guineas and Oaks fillies at this time of year and the going can be the deciding factor on running plans. It is probably best to hold off on those ante-post bets until a trainer confirms the Nassau Stakes a definite target.

Subsequent targets for the Nassau Stakes winner include the Matron Stakes at Leopardstown and the Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp. Legatissimo (Matron 2015) and Wild Illusion (Prix de l’Opera 2018) were successful while Midday won the 2010 Yorkshire Oaks after winning here.

Popular Questions

What distance is the Nassau Stakes?

The Nassau Stakes distance is 1 mile, 1 furlong and 197 yards long.

When is the Nassau Stakes?

The Nassau Stakes will take place on the 28th of July 2023.

Summary Nassau Stakes

The Nassau Stakes often features Classic fillies from the 1000 Guineas and Oaks, clashing with popular older mares.

With outstanding horses like Ouija Board, Midday and Minding on the roll of hour, it is one of the highlights of the Glorious Goodwood Festival.

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