Brierley's Horses to Follow, July 2019

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The past month has been very busy with the highlight being the Northumberland Plate meeting at Newcastle. I hope to have a few nuggets of gold to look at from our meetings at Doncaster, Newcastle and Yarmouth.

I will start off with Doncaster where there were some notable races which look to hold some solid form and are worth following. STAR SHIELD won the 1m race on the 28th and the form is rock solid as the 2nd Anna Bunina and 3rd Mickey have won since, Star Shield then ran a good race at Yarmouth to finish 2nd to COASTLINE and then followed it up at Ascot last Friday with a win. That race took an immediate boost when Breanski won the next day, so Star Shield and Coastline are ones to follow over the next month.

The 29th June meet at the Town Moor provided some decent times, but the race I must highlight is the 0-85 6f handicap which went to CARTMELL CLEAVE, who won well in a very good time of 1m10.17s, since then the 2nd has won.

The meetings in July have so far produced some interesting results. QUEENS GIFT was the winner over the sprint trip and she backed that up with a victory at Ripon. The 3rd that day, Enchanted Lind, has also won, so the one to watch from this could be the 2nd, LUFRICIA for the Varian team. 

The horse performance of the month at Doncaster was easy to select. CELSIUS clocked 58.82s despite falling out of the stalls and doing the slowest opening split time of the field. Celsius’s cadence and stride data is really revealing. It shows that his stride frequency is quite slow for a sprinter but his huge stride more than makes up for this, as the chart shows. The second horse, HAN SOLO BERGER looks ready to strike gold soon as he looks well handicapped.

The meetings at Yarmouth in the past month have been on a mixed bag of going, earlier in the month the two day meeting was on Soft to Heavy ground and the times reflected that, although the highlight was SUMMER ROMANCE who made a winning debut and then followed up in a Newmarket Listed race. She holds an entry for the Lowther(Gr2) and Moyglare(G1) and could be anything. 

The rest of month was back on quicker ground and we have a few to keep an eye on. MARHABA MILLIAR beat a small field, at first glance it may seem nothing but when the 2nd, Motakhayyel, turned up at Newmarket next time and won a £30,000 Class 2 handicap you sit up and take note. The 2yo novice on the same day could work out well, the 3rd horse VILLAIN’S VOICE was slightly impeded and ran a race full of promise, I can see him going close next time. The winning time of the £30,000 Optional Claimer was the best over 6f this season at the track, but the winner is rated 100 so the performance of RAUCOUS was creditable and you can see him going to something like the Stewards Cup at Goodwood. Update: runner up Hart Stopper won the 0-85 at Yarmouth on 17 July.

We finally move onto the Newcastle Northumberland Plate Festival, whilst the three days were glorious sunshine with some quality racing the weather did play a big hand in the surface; it was very slow and the times reflected it and sadly nothing really stood out on the clock. The performance of TURJOMAAN was decent in the novice race on the Friday evening, STAXTON was probably the best performance at the meeting on the clock with his victory in the 6f 0-100 while on the Saturday, INVINCIBLE ARMY showed his class in the Chipchase. Finally, it was nice to see MUBHIJ win as he was in last month’s update.



Horserace Betting Levy Board to invest 900k into UK Tracking


Total Performance Data welcomes this investment and believes that real time tracking and sectional timing are essential tools for enhancing engagement with racing’s existing and future audiences.   

TPD is delighted to hear that the UK Horserace Betting Levy Board are financially supporting the rollout of tracking and timing. We look forward to working with all parties to help further develop this exciting strand of work which can have significant long term benefits for the sport. We are particularly grateful for the ongoing support of the BHA, together with the RCA and Horsemen to ratify this funding.  

To date, TPD has published data, free of charge, from 88,000 horses over 11,000 races in the UK and North America over the last 3 years on 22 installations.

With strong commitment from ARC, ATR and early adopter bookmakers, TPD’s UK rollout is already producing live data on 12 ARC racecourses.  We are on schedule to complete the installation at the remaining few ARC racecourses by October this year – using world leading GPS tracking technology that is unique in measuring racehorse stride patterns.  

We are an independent company with a flexible commercial model with the aim of making this great sport as engaging and commercially progressive as we can. We are continuing to roll out our service in the US and look forward to increasing our UK coverage. 

TPD is already commercialising the data with our bookmaker partners and creating new revenue for the sport every day. We fully share the Levy’s Board’s criteria whereby this funding is to speed up progress and drive faster investment leading to a position where the technology is self-sufficient by 2021, available on every UK racecourse and generating new levy through new betting turnover.

Brierley's Horses To Follow, June 2019

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The past few weeks have been busy, with plenty of miles on the road, and some interesting horses to follow.

My last update of Horses to Follow included a few who have since run. Especially pleasing was the performance of Dandizette at Newcastle on 4th June, particularly when she opened up at 25/1 (returned 12/1) and performed with real credit to finish a good third. She looks the type that will thrive over a quick 5f and trainer Adrian Nicholls has his eye on races at Catterick; she is certainly a winner waiting to happen.

I have been to Great Yarmouth a few times in the last week or so and a couple of horses have performed well, considering the meetings have been in strong headwinds which have made the race pace times slow. The two-year-old, Maxi Boy, looks a good prospect for Michael Bell and there is talk of the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, whilst Mubhij is a very lightly raced four year old and it would not surprise me if his trainer, Roger Varian, has a nice handicap in mind for this son of Dark Angel.

The two-day meeting at Doncaster was run on some lovely ground and there were a few performances of note, of which one was exceptional.  The Friday evening meeting saw Hammer Gun win again and, the way he is ridden to win his races, I can see him going close again in search of a treble; he loves coming off a fast pace, as shown by our pace stats on At The Races and Sky Sports Racing.

The Saturday highlight was West End Charmer. Leading the field at every furlong sectional, and with the highest efficiency grade of the race, his performance on the clock was exceptional, with the fastest time in 2019 over course and distance by three seconds (equates to 18 lengths). He looks like a horse to follow and connections are looking at a 3yo only race at the Newmarket July meeting. If he gets his ground he would be one to support and the handicapper clearly liked the performance, as he received 10lbs and is now rated 100.

The win by Moss Gill was also noteworthy, it may not have been the strongest contest but his time (course best in 2019), and his higher-than-the-rest-of-the-field peak average stride, mark him as a nice prospect. It will be interesting to see where he goes next.

There is one other horse I want to mention and that is Astro Jakk. He was second to Nahaar at Doncaster on 4th May who won again at Lingfield this week.  Astro Jakk gave Nahaar 10lbs at Doncaster and the horse that finished last of ten that day, Heath Charnock, has won since and is on a mark of 85. Astro Jakk is on 80 so he looks to have a winning mark.

The month of June is a busy one and I’m looking forward to the end of the month when we have the Northumberland Plate Festival. Last year’s sectional times show the winner, Withhold, leading the field for the entire race and recording the highest stride frequency of the race, so it will be interesting to see what happens with in-race pace this year.


Astro Jakk, Dandizette, Hammer Gun, Maxi Boy, Moss Gill, Mubhij and West End Charmer.

Brierley's Horses To Follow, May 2019

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In the first of a new series Paul Brierley, TPD’s Northern UK Race Timing Operator, reports on his horses of interest from Sedgefield, Great Yarmouth and Doncaster from the week of 13-19 May.

This week’s horses to follow: Caius Marcius, Archer’s Dream, Harbour Vision, Romero, Mecca’s Hot Steps, She Looks Like Fun, Dandizette

The journey to Sedgefield for GPS race tracking testing was an easy one. It was the first track I ever went to as a kid back in the 1970s where Ridley Lamb, Arthur Stephenson and Denys Smith were a few names on the race card.

The National Hunt game is something I’ve been around for a long time and, having been a NH jockeys’ agent, it was nice to see some old faces, including Ryan Mania (representing Sandy Thomson) who won the Grand National on Aurora’s Encore. Two of today’s top jockeys were there in Richard Johnson and Daryl Jacob while runners from Nicky Henderson and Dan Skelton made it felt more like a Southern meeting.

The going was Good and the track was in good shape thanks to the ever helpful Trainee Clerk of the Course, Michael Naughton. Daryl rode a treble while Brian Hughes had his usual double at the track. I was impressed with Caius Marcius in the Novices’ Chase and he’s likely to follow up having clocked 37mph between the last two obstacles!

I hit the road and headed South towards Yarmouth with an over night stop at Kings Lynn after surprisingly easy traffic on the A17 and A47. The Yarmouth greeting is another friendly one with Cliff and Kevin in the weighing room really going out of their way to help.

The racing is competitive, and with the ground drying all the time we have few non-runners. There is one major highlight: Archer’s Dream impresses both visually and on the clock to win the Novice under a penalty. James Fanshawe has a nice filly on his hands and a step up in grade surely beckons for the daughter of Dream Ahead.

Some jockeys take a look at the sectionals after their races. Paddy Mathers and trainer Derek Shaw discuss the run of Harbour Vision and have look at his sectionals to see if he stayed the 8f - he ran well but is one to note if he’s dropped back to 7f on the turf or an easy 1m around a bend.

The week ended with an evening meeting at Doncaster. A crowd of nearly 18,000 was expected as the post racing entertainment was Jess Glynne. I walk the track to see that it’s like a carpet, to the credit of Roderick Duncan and his ground staff, and the going is on the quick side of Good. Some fast times echo the going description.

The big highlight of this Donny meeting is the 2yo Novice race over 5f. The time of 60.017s is the fastest time over the distance by all ages this season and the winner, Romero, looks an above average youngster for Kevin Ryan.  I will be following the next three: Mecca’s Hot Steps, She Looks Like Fun and Dandizette as they all look sure fire winners of Maidens or Nurseries.

Next week sees me return to Yarmouth where I hope for noteworthy horses and a fast passage down the A17 and A47.3

All horses, results and sectional times from UK racing tracking by TPD are available on At The Races. com

GPS Systems Added at Penn National, Mahoning Valley

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Equibase has installed GPS at both tracks, named official timer.

Equibase Company has installed global positioning satellite systems at Hollywood Gaming at Mahoning Valley Race Course and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course and has been named the official timer at both tracks, it was announced today.

Equibase also has GPS systems in place and is the official timer at Woodbine, Golden Gate Fields, Laurel Park, and Pimlico Race Course.

Equibase's GPS technology partner, Total Performance Data (TPD), is based in the United Kingdom and has more than a dozen tracking systems deployed there in addition to the U.S. installations.

"Equibase has sought a viable system of collecting data through automated tracking since the company's inception, and we are pleased to continue to make progress with TPD," said Jason Wilson, president and chief operating officer for Equibase. "We are also happy to be partnering with Penn National Gaming to expand the number of tracks utilizing the system."

"We have been using GPS timing at Mahoning for live racing since the start of the year, and we have been testing the system for timing at Penn National the past two months, with an official live racing start date of April 10," said Chris McErlean, vice president of racing for Penn National Gaming, which oversees both tracks. "We are happy thus far with the performance of the system and excited about its future capabilities."

The benefits of GPS, in addition to timing, include the ability to provide comprehensive data for each runner during the entire running of the race, which can be used to drive on-screen graphics as well as positions and margins for charts. In addition, GPS has great promise for track workouts, which would add race-like accuracy to those morning preps. Equibase plans to continue to expand the number of installations over the next year.

TPD Race Pace live on Sky Sports Racing

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TPD is providing live race pace metrics to Sky Sports Racing for all available racedays.

Displaying the live race pace via a simple FAST/SLOW flag, TPD’s vast back history of data is fed into a bespoke algorithm, and is calculating the live pace for that exact section of that track.

Will Duff Gordon, CEO, Total Performance Data comments, “Bringing live data to racing on this scale in the UK has been a long term collaboration between TPD and Arena Racing Company. We are excited to be part of the team who are helping racing move towards a new phase of growth in the sport, driving interest via in-running stats and real time data.”

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TPD workout pilot judged a success in USA

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – A pilot project to use GPS technology to time workouts conducted in September and October at Keeneland Racecourse in Kentucky has proved the system can work in the future with a larger workload, the administrators of the project said on Wednesday.

Timing under the pilot project, conducted by Trackmaster, a subsidiary of Equibase, in partnership with that company’s technology partner, Total Performance Data, was conducted on a total of 16 days from Sept. 15 to the end of Keeneland’s fall meet on Oct. 27, according to David Siegel, the president of Trackmaster. While the system was used to collect workout data on only a handful of horses each day, Siegel said that “from a technology perspective, it proved it could work.”

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