Cheltenham announce electronic race timing for the 2019 festival | Horse Racing News – Racing Post

Cheltenham: will have electronic timing in place for the festival

Patrick McCann

There will be new official race-timing technology in place this week at Cheltenham.

An electronic system, which uses break-beam technology, has been developed to satisfy demand for accurate and consistent timing data for jump racing. It has been developed by RaceTech and selected following extensive trialling by the BHA racecourse operations teams.

The technology works by having an invisible beam sent across the width of the track from a tripod stand located close to the starter’s rostrum approximately a metre from the starting tape. Once the beam is broken by the first horse crossing it, a signal is sent to the judge’s box to begin the timing function.

The electronic race time will finish once the nose of the winner hits the finish line and will record a winning time for the winner/race, which will be available via the results section of the BHA website.

Times and distances for other finishers are then calculated through the photo-finish system and also displayed on the results section of the BHA website.

Emma Marley, BHA head of racecourse operations, said: “The new electronic jump timing technology has been trialled extensively and will provide more consistent, reliable and centralised data for the sport’s participants and customers at Cheltenham this week, and for their future fixtures.

“We’ll look to make the timing technology available for rollout to all jumps courses over the next 12 months.”

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