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The Qatar Nassau Stakes

3.00pm Goodwood

  • Distance 1m 1f 192y
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £600,000


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.

Current leading jockey: Kieren Fallon, 3 wins (2002, 2003, 2004); Tom Queally, 3 wins (2009, 2010, 2011)
Current leading trainer:  Sir Michael Stoute, 6 wins (1984, 1990, 1994, 2002-4)

Previous winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Prize money




No/Draw Horse/Jockey Age Form/Type BHA Rating Weight Trainer Odds


Fancy Blue secures first UK Group 1 for Donnacha O'Brien

Lady Bowthorpe delivered a sublime performance down the Goodwood straight to win the Qatar Nassau Stakes, giving jockey Kieran Shoemark his first Group 1.

Very few horses will receive a welcome to the Goodwood winner’s enclosure as the William Jarvis mare. A horse with an incredible story and a wonderful attitude. Similarly, her jockey Kieran Shoemark whose troubles are well documented was justly rewarded for his hard work and the loyalty shown by owner and music mogul Emma Banks, with his first Group 1 victory.

During the race the pace was dictated by Ryan Moore and favourite Joan Of Arc, who took them along at a medium gallop. Lady Bowthorpe and Audarya content to settle at the back. However, push came to shove with three furlongs out as the pace quickened in the straight.

It was Lady Bowthorpe however who showed the best turn of foot, and quickly accelerated past Zeyaadah and Joan Of Arc. The result then looked a formality as no challengers from the back emerged.

The stands erupted as Shoemark drove Lady Bowthorpe comfortably home, showing that the extra furlong was no issue.


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The Course

You may not have visited this racecourse, just north of Chichester in West Sussex, but you’ll surely have heard of ‘Glorious Goodwood’, the venue’s five-day summer festival.

  • Course plan
  • Course Intro

The festival forms a central part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, featuring three contrasting races at the end of July – the Qatar Sussex Stakes for Europe’s top milers, the Qatar Goodwood Cup for long-distance ‘stayers’ and the Qatar Nassau Stakes for a select field of fillies.

Horseracing began at Goodwood in 1802, courtesy of the third Duke of Richmond. Not that he was a huge fan. His main aim was to keep the officers of the Sussex Militia entertained.

Today’s course has a complex layout, with a six-furlong straight feeding into a tight right-handed loop catering for longer-distance races. The venue is overlooked by Trundle Iron Age hill fort, acting as an informal grandstand and offering fine views across the whole course.

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