In 2009 RaceTech provided broadcast facilities at almost 1,100 fixtures in the UK, supplying pictures for terrestrial transmission by Channel 4 and the BBC, and to satellite channels Racing UK and At The Races. Its extensive coverage included footage of the world's premier Classic, the Investec Derby, and the John Smith’s Grand National which was seen by more than 10 million viewers.
|1944||The Jockey Club appoints a sub-committee to examine the use of
photography as a means of judging the results of races.
|1945||The sub-committee reports in March, recommending that a continuous strip camera should be tested through a whole season's racing.|
|1946||Race Finish Recording Company, with headquarters in central London, founded.|
|1947||The photofinish camera is ready for use by the beginning of the Flat season and first used to decide placings in the Grand Metropolitan Handicap at Epsom, 22 April.|
|1948||Race Finish Recording Company provides photofinish technology used in the Olympic Games in London.|
|1949||Photofinish first used to determine outcome of a Classic race in the Two
Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, 27 April. Photofinish first used to
determine outcome of the Derby, 4 June.
|1950||Race timing introduced.|
|1952||First racecourse commentary, Goodwood, 29 July.|
|1957||First mirror system used for photofinish.|
|1960||Camera patrol first used.|
|1965||Starting stalls first used in Great Britain at Newmarket, 8 July.|
|1966||First video camera patrol.|
The company moves from central London to Raynes Park.
The company becomes a subsidiary of the Betting Levy Board and
The Derby is started from stalls for the first time, 7 June.
|1983||Photofinish available on all British courses.|
|1989||First colour photofinish, in the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket on 20 October.|
Racecourse Technical Services assumes a new corporate identity
First use of the Omega Hawkeye system of black and white
The company becomes a subsidiary of the British Horseracing Board.
|1998||Ownership of RaceTech transferred from the BHB to the Racecourse Association.|
|2000||Electronic colour photofinish systems in use on all racecourses.|
Television units upgraded to widescreen digital. Start of major
The RaceNet fibreoptic network installed, linking forty-nine
All Flat meetings officially timed, using radio systems.
Third big screen is purchased and operated for the Tote
|2004||Appointments of Tim Curtis as Chairman and Brad Higgins
as Chief Executive Officer
|2005||Starting Stalls operation restructured. Stalls teams and transport services reorganised and roll-out of new style Steriline stalls units completed.|
|2006||Tom Phillips and Rob Woodward appointed to the Board as Non-Executive Directors. Phillips has held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and Group Finance Director at the Tote, overseeing the establishment of the group as Britain's fifth largest bookmaker, while Woodward is credited with spearheading the development of Channel 4's successful digital channels during his time as Commercial Director for the broadcaster|
|2007||Sony XD Cam system introduced to the RaceTech fleet providing digital
recording and editing capabilities
|2008||RaceTech AV launched - a new website designed to promote
RaceTech's services and expertise beyond horseracing
|2009||RaceTech AV extends projects beyond the racing industry and makes significant inroads with public sector business. RaceTech also completes major installations projects at Epsom and upgraded the public address system at Kempton racecourse.|
RaceTech wins five year contract for the provision of High Definition (HD) television services to Racecourse Media Group (RMG). The contract includes the supply of racing’s first HD scanners at a cost of over £7m of investment.
RaceTech also signs 5 year contracts for the provision of starting stalls services to 22 racecourses.
Roll out and commissioning of the new Swiss Timing (formerly Omega) Star camera photofinish system was completed, demonstrating significantly improved image quality and capability of remote operation.
RaceTech’s three HD scanners in full operational use – The company is proud to provide a daily HD service to the British horse racing industry, adding to our list of technical “world firsts” for the benefit of our sport.
RaceTech AV continues to make good progress with major wins from public and private sector customers such as Ordnance Survey and Newcastle University.
Nic Christodoulou is appointed Director of Engineering and Technical Operations, taking over from Mick Both, who retires after almost 29 years with RaceTech.