About Windsor Racecourse
Windsor Racecourse is a racecourse located in the market town of Windsor, Berkshire. It’s just 25 miles west of London city centre and 3 miles south of Slough. Racing at Windsor dates back to the days of King Henry VIII. However, they didn’t settle on their current venue until 1866! In the past Windsor Racecourse has offered both Flat and Jump racing; however, it switched to Flat only course in 1998!
The course at Windsor Racecourse has a figure of eight shape and runs both left and right-handed. It’s twelve and a half furlongs in length and is level throughout the course. Windsor is a challenging course, though due to the sharp turns at either end. Its bottom turn has even has the title ‘carnage corner’ due to the casualties.
Racing at Windsor Racecourse takes place during the summer months with five notable races during the season. There are two listed Flat races open to horses aged three and over during their May meeting. These are the Royal Windsor Stakes and the Leisure Stakes. The former of the two runs over 1m 67y and offers a prize pool of £37k. The Leisure Stakes is a sprint over 6 furlongs with £33k added to the prize fund!
In July Windsor hosts the Midsummer Stakes which runs over 1m 31y and offers a £37k prize pool. In August the August Stakes runs over 1m 4f and is open to horses aged three or older.
The final notable race of the season at Windsor Racecourse is also its biggest. The Winter Hill is a Group 3 race which runs over a distance of 1m 2f. It is the only Group race and is open to horses aged three or older. The top prize for the Winter Hill Stakes is also £37k!