RaceTech is the leading technical facilities company providing innovative solutions to the horse racing industry since 1946.
RaceTech first developed photofinish technology in the 1940s and is still dedicated to providing leading edge technology for raceday solutions including the operation and maintenance of audio visual systems, closed circuit television, public address and radio communications.
Its Outside Broadcast Units supply pictures for terrestrial and satellite broadcast, and provide coverage for every horse race run in Britain for the sport’s integrity service. In addition, the company pioneered the introduction of starting stalls to Flat racing in the United Kingdom and continues to provide and operate stalls in the UK and overseas.
Recent innovations include a multimillion pound investment in HD technology and sponsorship of pony racing to encourage young people in the sport.
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The company now trading under the name RaceTech began life as the Race Finish Recording Company in 1946, following an investigation by the Jockey Club into how photography could be used as a means for judging the results of horse races. First used for the 1947 Flat season, the photofinish soon became an established part of the racing scene, and further significant technological advances soon followed as racing technology developed rapidly through the 1950s and into the 1960s: electronic race timing was introduced in 1950, the first racecourse commentary at Goodwood in 1952, the camera patrol in 1960, and starting stalls in 1965.
In 1967 the company became a subsidiary of the Horserace Betting Levy Board, and was given the title Racecourse Technical Services to reflect its widening range of technological activities, and moved from central London to its present base in Raynes Park in South-West London.