For the first time, live, in-race timing information will be broadcast on-screen and published online for the Cheltenham Festival next week – thanks to Racecourse Media Group’s (RMG) new tracking service.
Working with RMG’s timing information partner, Coursetrack, information such as race clock, leader’s speed, leader’s time per furlong and distance to finish, will be displayed on Racing TV for all 28 races from Prestbury Park.
Lindsay Davidson, Deputy Director of Broadcast at RMG, who oversees the on-screen output, said: “The timing data, which will be presented via our on-screen graphics, are a godsend for real-time insight and post-race analysis. We believe timing information will enhance the viewing experience for everyone watching the Festival on Racing TV, as well as proving a valuable punting aid. Racing TV is fortunate to be able to call on the likes of Angus McNae, Richard Hoiles and James Willoughby, who can dissect the data and present it in an easy-to-interpret format. And James will be providing his insight across all four days of the Festival, which will add a different slant to the analysis both on-screen and online.”
RMG’s Director of Racing, Ed Gretton, who has been leading the project, added: “We have been working extremely closely with Coursetrack and conducted rigorous testing of the system on our courses, which has given us real confidence in the product. We firmly believe this data will enhance the enjoyment of races and be used as a valuable tool for analysing a race and for in-running betting.”