The Windsor Castle Stakes

The Windsor Castle Stakes is the final race run on day one of the Royal Ascot meeting.

The Windsor Castle Stakes was first run at the 1879 Royal Ascot meeting. Today the race is a listed event, and one of two sprints run on the first day of racing at the Royal Ascot meeting, making for a thrilling conclusion to the day’s racing.

The Windsor Castle Stakes is open to two-year-olds and is run over a distance of five furlongs. Fields for the race tend to be smaller than those for the other races of the day, making the event popular amongst trainers wishing to chalk up maiden Royal Ascot wins.

Windsor Castle Stakes Betting

Despite being a relatively minor race within the overall context of the Royal Ascot meeting, the Windsor Castle Stakes offers some good betting opportunities to punters. The field for the race can be quite small, with as few as eight horses competing in 2006, which in turn simplifies your options. Trendsshow that race favourites tend not to win the race. However other short-odds horses have a good record of obtaining a placing, making place betting a good option – just keep in mind you’re only likely to be paid out to second place for smaller fields.

Windsor Castle Stakes Winners

With the Windsor Castle Stakes races mainly requiring jockeys to run their horses flat out over a short distance, it is perhaps unsurprising that not only big-name jockeys have triumphed in the race over recent years. Pat Eddery holds the race win record for the new millennium, having won the race in 2000 and 2001 on Autumnal and Irony.

Trainers appear to have had an equally hard time training Windsor Castle Stakes winners, with none managing to train more than one race winner since the turn of the millennium. John Osborne is the trainer of the most recent winner, Drawnfromthepast.

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