Sometimes known as Royal Windsor Racecourse thanks to its location in the royal market town of the same name, Windsor Racecourse is one of just two figure of eight racecourse in the United Kingdom. It is used to host flat racing, so the full extent of the course is never actually used. That is because it would be too long, with the longest race run on the circuit being over one mile, three furlongs and 99 yards. Other race lengths that take place at Windsor are one mile and one mile two furlongs, meaning the one mile and four furlong course always has a little in reserve.
Fixtures at Windsor Racecourse
Windsor Racecourse used to host National Hunt racing, abandoning it in 1998. Occasionally it has had jump racing, like in the mid-2000s when Ascot Racecourse was being refurbished and the jump meeting moved to Windsor. Generally speaking, though, it is best-known for flat racing, with the biggest races taking place in May, July and August. Sitting in the shadow of Windsor Castle on the bank of the River Thames, the course sees its first set of races run as part of the Monday Night Racing Season Opener. There is a Family Fun Day and plenty of night racing to be enjoyed too.
The biggest races that are run at Windsor Racecourse are as follows:
- Royal Windsor Stakes
- Leisure Stakes
- Midsummer Stakes
- August Stakes
- Winter Hill Stakes
Of those, there is certainly a suggestion that the most prestigious and important is the Winter Hill Stakes, which a Group 3 even run over one mile and two furlongs. The other races mentioned are Listed events, which is what the Winter Hill Stakes was until it was upgraded in 1995. As a sign of how important it is to the racecourse, it is the only Group race that is run at Windsor at the time of writing.
There are a wealth of Monday Night Race Nights during the flat racing season, with Monday seen as being the day for racing at Windsor. There are also plenty of themed race days, such as the Best of British event that promises a party atmosphere. Similarly, the 00s race night is aimed at those who remember and love the noughties, mixing racing with nostalgia.
The nature of Windsor Racecourse is such that it is well-positioned to host events other than just horse racing meetings. Whilst there is often a combination of racing events with other things, such as the Rum & Reggae Race Night, there are other events like fun runs and charity cycling events hosted by the course. If you’re thinking of getting married then you might want to pop along to one of the wedding fairs that are hosted at Windsor Racecourse, with plenty of other things taking place throughout the year.