Windsor Racecourse Windsor racecourse is a racing venue located in Windsor, Berkshire, England. The racecourse is owned by Arena Leisure PLC, and is known to stage flat races. It is among the only three figure-of-eight racecourses in the United Kingdom. Windsor is seated on a 165 acre piece of land in the beautiful countryside, not far from the Windsor
Castle. It stages a total of 27 fixtures each year, running from April all through to October. It is a perfect destination to enjoy the summer, with the thrilling races and first-class hospitality. Being located at the Banks of River Thames, catching a boat from Windsor Town to the racecourse is fun and adventurous.

Racing at Windsor was first recorded in 1682, during the reign of Charles the Second, making it one of the most ancient racecourses in Britain. The Royal Ascot meeting held there every June is what made it famous in the 18th century. In the mid-19th century, steeplechasing had grown widely, giving Windsor more fame. It was until 1866 when flat racing was introduced at its current site, having been established by John Frail. It was one of the few racecourses that remained functional after the outbreak of the World Wars. There was however an incident that occurred during that period. A bomb fell into the racecourse during a race. Luckily, no lives were lost. Steeplechase races ceased happening in 1998. This was meant to preserve the racetracks for the flat race season.

The most notable races held at Windsor are the Royal Windsor Stakes and the August Stakes. Both are flat races, and are meant for horses aged three years and above. The Winsor Stakes take place in May while the August stakes takes place in August, as the name suggests. This year, the racecourse will be hosting a significant number of fixtures. For example, on the 19th of May will be the Royal Wedding Parking and Celebration. There will be lots of exciting activities apart from racing.

2 for 1 Race Day Experience Offer There’s nothing more thrilling than a day at the Races, and as such a Race Day Experience can be the perfect gift. Red Letter Days currently have a two for one race day offer that comes with all of the bells of whistles. Just click through and select ‘horse racing’ and the ‘2 for 1 offer’ to take advantage of it. Down from £84 to £39 and covering 18 different racecourse locations, it’s hard to go too far wrong with an experience day like this.

The ideal gift for family or friends, the 2 for 1 day at the races offer is valid for 10 months from the date of purchase. It’s not a run of the mill horse racing experience either, as both tickets are for the Premier Entry. In addition they also include a racing programme (which can easily set you back a fiver normally) and a welcome drink each. All in all it’s a premium race days experience for a bargain price.

Race courses included in this offer are: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow, Doncaster, Fontwell, Lingfield, Newcastle, Sedgefield, Southwell, Ffos Las, Great Yarmouth, Uttoxeter, Windsor, Wolverhampton and Worcester. Some dates are excluded and these are stated on the offer page.

So what are you waiting for. Take advantage of this two for one race day experience. Grab it while it’s still available.


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Shortest-priced Losers One of the ‘golden rules’ espoused by legendary racehorse trainer Barry Hills was, ‘Never bet odds-on. If you could buy money they would sell it at a shop down the road.’ Granted that Barry Hills funded the establishment of his first training yard, South Bank Stables in Lambourn, Berkshire, with his winnings from a bet on Frankincense in the Lincoln Handicap in 1968 and in his heyday, in the Nineties, fully expected to supplement his training fees by winning £50,000, or £60,000, a year from the bookmakers, his words are worth taking seriously.

What professional punter Clive Holt dubbed the ‘glorious uncertainty’ of horse racing is what keeps bookmakers in business and the history of the sport is awash with prohibitively long odds-on chances that could have, and perhaps should have, won, but did not. Even in the real show-piece events like the Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup where prices are typically more generous due to the size of the field, favourites have been known to come a cropper. That’s why, in my view, it’s a wise move to use betting offer sites such as to scour through some bigger odds selections and free bet offers. It’s important to try to have as much going for you as possible when you’re gambling.

When it comes to short-priced losers, the notoriously fickle racing gods are no respecters of reputation. The shortest-priced loser in the history of British racing was Royal Forest, who finished second of four, at odds of 1/25, in the Clarence House Stakes at Ascot in September, 1948, and was ridden by none other than Sir Gordon Richards, arguably the greatest jockey of all time. The previous June, at Chepstow, Sir Gordon suffered another mishap when Glendower, sent off at 1/20 in a match for the Chepstow Stakes, whipped ‘round at the start, dumping the 26-time Champion Jockey on the ground and leaving his solitary opponent, Markwell, to finish alone.

In the sphere of National Hunt racing, Jerry M, better known for winning the 1912 Grand National under Ernest ‘Ernie’ Piggott, grandfather of Lester Piggott, had earlier suffered the ignominy of being ‘turned over’ at odds of 1/20. In another match, the Open Steeplechase, at Newbury in 1909, Jerry M fell and was remounted to complete the course. Over a century later, in 2018, Tree Of Liberty, trained by Kerry Lee, equalled that unenviable record when finishing second, beaten 2½ lengths, in the three-runner Alfa Aggregate Novices’ Chase at Ludlow.

So with all of this firmly in mind, don’t always see favourites as sure things. Instead take the time to seek out value bets and combine that with the numerous betting offers that are available right now. A good starting point for this fresh approach would be the upcoming Cheltenham Festival. ‘Sure things’, like only the other day, Native River being withdrawn from the Gold Cup, can’t escape physical limitations. So get your thinking cap on instead of going for the obvious options. In the long term your banking bank may well thank you for it.