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Nassau Stakes History - 2nd August, 2014

Aidan O'Brien's Venus de Milo was comfortably beaten by Thistle Bird when the pair clashed in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh last time out, but with the latter being forced to miss Saturday's Nassau Stakes then the Ballydoyle contender will fancy her chances of landing the prestigious prize on Saturday afternoon.

She had previously bagged victory in a Group Three contest and if she can sparkle on a trip to Glorious Goodwood then has to set the standard for the Group One event, but there will be some notable rivals lining up in the 1m 1f 192y contest.

Alain De Royer-Dupre's Narniyn is an intriguing French contender and has already bagged a Pattern victory in her native country and she will be aiming to land a blow on her first start on British soil, whilst John Gosden's lightly-raced Sultanina ran a cracker when second in the Lancashire Oaks at Haydock Park and she is entitled to improve again.

Sir Michael Stoute's Mango Diva was a cracking winner of a Group Three in Ireland, but was way down the field behind the aforementioned Thistle Bird in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes and she will need to produce a career best here, whilst the likes of Amazing Maria and Lustrous add decent depth to the event.

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Nassau Stakes History

The Nassau Stakes is a Group One contest open to fillies and mares aged three years and older and is run at Glorious Goodwood over a distance of one mile, one furlong and 192 yards.

Historically run as a Group Two, it was given Group One status in 1999 and is now the star attraction on the fifth and final day of Glorious Goodwood, along with the Stewards' Cup.

First run in 1840, the Nassau Stakes has an illustrious roll of honour and in recent years has been predominantly won by three-year-olds.  However, three horses have bagged the crown on two occasions with Roussalka winning in 1975 and 1976, Ruby Tiger in 1990 and 1991 and more recently the excellent Midday, who stormed to victory in 2009 and 2010.

Sir Michael Stoute and Sir Henry Cecil have dominated the race in recent years and have both trained seven winners, with the former saddling a triumvirate of winners in 2002, 2003 and 2004 in the way of Islington, Russian Rhythm and Favourable Terms.

Recent winners of the Nassau Stakes

  • 2000 - Crimplene
  • 2001 - Lailani
  • 2002 - Islington
  • 2003 - Russian Rhythm
  • 2004 - Favourable Terms
  • 2005 - Alexander Goldrun
  • 2006 - Ouija Board
  • 2007 - Peeping Fawn
  • 2008 - Halfway To Heaven
  • 2009 - Midday
  • 2010 - Midday
  • 2011 - Midday
  • 2012 - The Fugue
  • 2013 - Winsili

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