Windsor Racecourse

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Windsor Racecourse
LocationWindsor, Berkshire
Owned byArena Leisure PLC
Screened onSky Sports Racing
Course typeFlat
Notable racesWinter Hill Stakes
Official website

Windsor Racecourse, also known as Royal Windsor Racecourse, is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in Windsor, Berkshire, England. It is one of only two figure-of-eight courses in the United Kingdom, the other being at Fontwell Park.


Windsor Racecourse is located on the banks of the River Thames and occupies a large island between the main channel of the River and the Clewer Mill Stream backwater.


The local area has links to horse racing that date back to the time of Henry VIII, but the first race meeting at Royal Windsor did not take place until 1866.

It abandoned National Hunt jump racing in December 1998, switching entirely to Flat racing. However, the course has occasionally held National Hunt meetings since, such as when it took over some of nearby Ascot's jump meetings during its refurbishment in the mid-2000s. In 1987 David Thompson acquired a majority interest in Windsor Racecourse and Richard Thompson became chairman from 1987 until the sale to arena leisure plc in 1999.

On 15 October 2012 jockey Richard Hughes won 7 races out of the 8 races on the day.[1][2]

Notable races[edit]

Month DOW Race Name Type Grade Distance Age/Sex
May Monday Royal Windsor Stakes Flat Listed 1m 31y 3yo +
May Monday Leisure Stakes Flat Listed 6f 12y 3yo +
July Saturday Midsummer Stakes Flat Listed 1m 31y 3yo +
August Saturday August Stakes Flat Listed 1m 3f 99y 3yo +
August Saturday Winter Hill Stakes Flat Group 3 1m 2f 7y 3yo +

Other events[edit]

Windsor Racecourse was the location for scenes in the film Last Orders.

Windsor Racecourse was also the location for the filming of Midsomer Murders Season 8 episode Bantling Boy.

For the 2012 Summer Olympics a temporary bridge linked the Racecourse with Dorney Lake, the rowing and canoeing venue. The Racecourse served as a pick-up and drop-off point for spectators travelling to and from Dorney Lake.[3]


  1. ^ "Richard Hughes wins seven races at Windsor". BBC Sport. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Bookies' misery as jockey wins magnificent seven". Irish Independent. 16 October 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Living Near Dorney Lake". South Bucks District Council. Archived from the original on June 6, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2012.

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Coordinates: 51°29′25.71″N 0°37′52.79″W / 51.4904750°N 0.6313306°W / 51.4904750; -0.6313306