Thursday, 7 September 2017
Punter's Intel Is A Game Changer
Punter’s Intel is a new App launched today by Racing NSW which will provide punters with a powerful tool to assess the performance of each horse in a race.
The free App allows punters to study detailed breakdowns of race information, collected 50 times per second (fastest available technology) via the Swiss Timing Horse Positioning System.
An average of twenty, 9 metre poles per racecourse have been erected on 22 NSW racecourses which contain a wireless base station. A transmitter is installed in each horse’s saddlecloth which relays the information to the poles. This technology is used to create a 3D re-enactment of the race, featuring the critical data for punters.
The data is collated in the App to display race times, individual sectionals, distance travelled, top speeds and positioning for every horse in the race allowing punters to assess the performance of each horse in new ways and from multiple angles.
Whereas most race day sectional times commence once the leading horse passes a certain marker, Punters Intel goes to another level by providing accurate sectional times and the precise distance travelled for each runner.
An example of some of the information available is:
1. Sectional and Race Times
Punters Intel provides a sectional time and race time for every horse in the race for every 200m travelled to provide punters with the ideal information to analyse performances. Previously published race times and sectional times (such as the last 600m) only apply to the leader in the race and don’t show the performance of each individual horse. Punters Intel data will show the finishing strength of horses such as Chautauqua who’s final 200m in the 2017 TJ Smith (11.95s) was a full second faster than second placed English (12.96s), but also the mid race sectional speed of horses like Winx who consistently records the fastest sectionals between the 800m and 400m in her races, such as the 2017 Queen Elizabeth Stakes where Winx ran the fastest time of 23.90s over these sectionals.
2. Distance Travelled
For the first time, punters will have a measurement to show the comparative distance travelled by every horse in a race. If a horse is positioned two or three wide around a bend it will travel several metres further in a race compared to a horse that is on the inside rail. For example, Winx in the Chelmsford Stakes travelled 2.6m further (equivalent to one length) than Red Excitement, further illustrating the strength of the performance.
3. Travelling and Top Speeds
The App provides a unique insight into the travelling and top speed of horses in a race that allows punters to assess not only the overall performance, but also the performance for a horse at any particular time in the race. Within the app, you can bring up data to show the speed of every horse throughout the graphical replay which allows you to see when a horse is held up, accelerating or slowing down.
An interesting insight from the 2017 TJ Smith was that Chautauqua’s top speed was the lowest of any horse in the race. Chautauqua’s top speed at any one point in the race (66.5km/h) was the slowest of any runner in the field, including the last placed Terravista. The fastest top speeds recorded in the race were from Russian Revolution (70.8km/h) and Fell Swoop (69.6km/h). It’s extraordinary but goes to show what makes a champion horse is being able to sustain a sprint.
“Punters Intel is a game-changer and provides the ultimate tool to access vital information of a horse’s performance and view dynamic 3D simulated replays of the race, control camera angles, speed and playback options as well as select data to be viewed throughout the race itself” said Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys AM.
“I strongly recommend punters read the attached Punters Intel manual so as to gain the full benefits and features of the App”.
“The App was developed from consultation with a variety of punters. We however want to provide and tailor information to users and welcome feedback via the Punters Intel Facebook page”.
“Although developed for tablets predominately and mobile phones, Punter’s Intel is even more compelling on a PC” V’landys said.
The Punters Intel App is available for free via iTunes for apple devices and Google play for Android and from Racing NSW website for PC’s.