Windsor Racecourse

Windsor Racecourse

Key Characteristics

Windsor is a very unusual but pleasant course, being the only racecourse in the UK that is set on an island. Viewing is excellent, and their Monday night meetings in the summer are definitely recommended.

A figure of eight shape, twelve and a half furlongs in extent. Races around a mile and a half see both left and right-handed turns, but in races below that distance, only right-handed turns are met. Though perfectly flat throughout, the track is sharp in character. However due to the length of the run-in (nearly five furlongs), galloping sorts aren’t inconvenienced. When the going is very testing fields tend to track across to the far side, although it is a greater factor at sprint trips.

Draw Bias & Pace Analysis

Those drawn high are slightly favoured at five and six furlongs particularly when the going is soft as there appears to be a piece of ground on the far rails where there is an advantage to be had.

Over the mile there is little draw bias.

It should be noted that over 6 furlongs and one mile there are more winners out of the highest drawn horse than you would expect (about 3x as many as you would expect if every stall had the same chance).

Windsor’s unusual configuration, with the horses running in a figure of 8 makes it a tight turning course and is suited to front runners. As can be seen when you look at how Windsor ranks in terms of the other individual distances shown below:

5 Furlongs – 11th out of 31 courses
6 Furlongs – 6th out of 29 courses
8 Furlongs – 6th out of 30 courses
10 Furlongs – 1st out of 22 courses
12 Furlongs – 6th out of 16 courses

Over 10 furlongs Windsor is the easiest course in the UK to front run at!

Trainers & Jockeys

Trainers

Roger Varian 31.6
John Gosden 31.4
Mark Johnston 24.0
Clive Cox 23.6
Ed Walker 21.9
Eve Johnson-Houghton 16.7
Ralf Bekett 16.4
Richard Hannon 16.3
Charlie Hills 14.0

 

Jockeys

Andrea Atzeni 23.5
James Doyle 21.7
Silvestre De Sousa 21.3
Adam Kirby 20.7
Jim Crowley 20.3
Harry Bentley 20.0
Jamie Spencer 16.9
Tom Marquand 13.4
Oisin Murphy 12.9
Windsor Racecourse - The Track