Winning Line Technology in use at Royal Ascot
Following extensive trials earlier this year, RaceTech is delighted to announce its reverse angle photofinish camera, in use at Royal Ascot, has been given official authorisation by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).
Working with the BHA and its RCA stakeholders, RaceTech has been developing the technology to supplement the existing photofinish cameras. The new reverse angle pictures capture a clearer image of the horses from the nearside and will be used in conjunction with the mirror image.
Chris Stickels, Head of Racing and Clerk of the Course at Ascot Racecourse, said, “We have been keento use this technology at Ascot and have assisted RaceTech in developing it over the past few months. We are delighted it has been fully approved and officially launched during Royal Ascot this week. It is particularly useful on a wider track, with bigger fields and when the horses come up thestand side.”
Winning Line Technology has been trialled across several tracks including at the Cheltenham Festival and at earlier Ascot fixtures. Nick Bostock, Judging Team Principal at the BHA commented, “It reallydoes make a difference on the wider tracks when the horses come up the nearside giving a far clearer image. I have used it on numerous occasions in trials and found it very helpful.”
The reverse angle images are posted on the BHA website following each race as part of the official photofinish along with the standard mirror image.
John Bozza CE0 at RaceTech said, “RaceTech is delighted to have worked with the BHA and ourracecourse stakeholders to develop this new informative technology, supporting our vision to be the technical service provider of choice for UK racing. It is especially pleasing to have been given official approval during Royal Ascot.”
The BHA are continuing to collaborate with the RCA on how a phased introduction of this technology can progress across the racecourse network.
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RaceTech is the leading technical facilities company providing innovative solutions to the UK 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 HD pictures for terrestrial and satellite broadcast, and provide coverage for every horse race run in Britain for the sport’s integrity service, it is scheduled to cover 1500 race fixtures this year. In addition, the company pioneered the introduction of starting stalls to Flat racing in the UK which it continues to manage and operate. Recent innovations include multimillion-pound investment into HD Technology. RaceTech is proud to support Pony Racing encouraging the jockeys of the future. For more information: www.racetech.co.uk