Only professional historians will know why the Nassau Stakes, one of the seven fillies & mares races in the QIPCO British Champions Series, is so called (you’ll need to go back to 1840 to find out – and being Dutch may help). Horseracing aficionados, however, will be well aware of the Group 1 race’s more recent history. The key elements? A chestnut mare called Midday, a jockey called Tom Queally and a trainer called Sir Henry Cecil.
That combination won in 2009, then returned for an action replay in 2010 and completed the hat-trick in 2011 – the first time a mare has triumphed in the race on three occasions. Two other horses – Roussalka in 1975-6 and Ruby Tiger in 1991-2 – have recorded Nassau Stakes doubles. Meanwhile owner Prince Khalid Abdulla has won the race four times in the last five years following Winsili’s victory in 2013 while John Gosden has now won it three times in a row.
The Nassau Stakes, open to fillies and mares aged three years or older, is the feature race on the final day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting.