Jump racing fans will be able to study the form in more
detail than ever before this winter with the launch of a new sectional timing
data service on attheraces.com.
The service colour-codes split times from twelve racecourses - Bangor-on-Dee, Chepstow, Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell, Hereford, Lingfield, Newcastle, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter and Worcester - to indicate fast, even and slow sectors relative to “par times”
produced by attheraces.com sectional timing
expert Simon Rowlands. There are also energy distribution charts, efficiency
gradings and sectional speeds (mph) for every runner across the early, mid and
late parts of each race.
Due to the additional length of jumps races versus flat, the
attheraces.com service conveniently
condenses data from the early part of each jumps race and delivers last mile
data in more granular detail. New functionality in development will soon
give users more control and the ability to select how they see information
Powered by Total Performance Data (TPD), the attheraces.com service already shows sectional and stride data from all ATR’s UK Flat racing fixtures. The Flat racing sectional data and colour code system is also widely used in Sky Sports Racing broadcasts.
Data will be sense-checked for any errors and appear within around 48 hours of each fixture. Times have already been published from over 40 fixtures earlier in the year, including 10 meetings at Worcester.
Sectional timing expert Simon Rowlands, who writes a weekly column on the subject for attheraces.com, said: "As with flat racing, where the benefits of sectionals have been proved time and again, jump results are often determined by the pace at which races have been run. Go too fast early and you will pay for it late; go too slow early and you may be left with too much ground to make up at the business end."
"The only truly accurate and consistent way to measure these things is through sectionals. The TPD figures make that possible to an extent that did not exist previously."
Will Duff Gordon, CEO of Total Performance Data, said: "The addition of the ARC jumps tracks means that TPD is now producing data from over 25 courses worldwide. We look forward to providing performance insights from the jumps meetings where the analysis of things like jumping fluency will be particularly interesting.”
Sam Cone, PR & Communications Manager for ARC, operators of 11 of the 12 jumps courses covered, said: "We have been really pleased to work with TPD and At The Races to introduce their sectional timing systems across our racecourses over a number of years. What started on the All-Weather Championships racecourses has now expanded significantly, and we look forward to seeing what insight the sectional timing of races on our jumps racecourses will be able to offer.”
Matthew Taylor, Director of New Media and Innovation for At The Races, said: “It has been an ambition to extend our sectional timing service to jumps racing for some time and we are delighted to launch with all ARC jumps courses this season. We think attheraces.com visitors will use this new data in conjunction with our pace charts, archive video and form database to generate even greater insight into horse racing over jumps.”