Taking place on the last Saturday in August, the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes and Listed August Stakes are the most prestigious races within Royal Windsor's programme and deliver top-class performances year-on-year.
The Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes is run over 1m2f and is worth £60k total prize money. Recent winners of the race include multiple Group 1 winner Al Kazeem and the back-to-back winner for Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Fabricate.
Sir Michael Stoute became the winning-most trainer of the Group 3 Winter Hill Stakes when Regal Reality won the 2022 renewal under Richard Kingscote, taking Stoute's victories to 8 in total. Frankie Dettori has held the winning-most jockey title since 2013, with a total of 5 wins since 1996.
The August Stakes was upgraded to a Listed race in 2004 and is run over 1m3f with a total prize pot of £45k. Previous winners of the race have gone on to Group success including Godolphin's Beautiful Romance, 2021 winner Teona who went on to win the Group 1 Prix Vermeille, and 2018's Desert Encounter who went on to Grade 1 success in Canada and took the Group 3 Winter Hill the following year.
2023 sees the return of the ultra-competitive Fitzdares Sprint Series, with 10 qualifiers for the valuable £75k Final on the 7th August throughout the summer:
May: 15th, 22nd, 29th
June: 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
July: 3rd, 17th, 24th
The 10 Qualifiers range from Class 2s worth £30,000 to Class 4s worth £10,800 and are run over both 5f and 6f.
The team competition heads to Windsor for Race Week 3 on Thursday 17 August.
What is the Racing League?
7 teams compete 42 races over 6 meetings for over £2m prize money in the summer.
Each team enter two runners per race in 7 races per meeting. Races are run over the following distances: 5f, 6f, 1m, 1m2f and 1m3f.
Class/rating bands for 2023 are yet to be confirmed.
Find out more about Racing League here.
4 Novice/Maiden Development Races will take place in 2023 with a minimum value of £30,000 for Class 2 races:
£30,000 Maiden (Class 2) 6f, 3yo
£40,000 Darley Maiden Fillies’ Stakes (Class 2) 1m 3yo
£40,000 Darley Novice Stakes (Class 2) 1m, 3yo+
£30,000 Juddmonte British Stallion Studs EBF Restricted Novice Stakes (Class 2) 1m, 2yo