Augmented Reality Racing - a UK first

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For the first time in British horseracing, TPD were offering a select few the chance to test live VR racing. With a custom headset images were streamed live to the on-course audience.

With a jockey's eye view of all the racing action, and brilliantly rendered images of the racecourse, viewers experience the race in 360 degree VR. Counting down to the finish line, and showing a top speed of up to 42 mph, the VR graphics can be streamed on and off course.

Winter Derby 2017

What a difference a year makes!

Compare the chart above, with the sectional times chart from last year's Winter Derby, in the post below. In 2016, Grendisar won a steady race, where almost all horses managed optimal efficiency. This year shows an unusual pattern to the race pace, a very slow start of the race, followed by a burst of speed.

Click here for TPD's Winter Derby 2017 sectional times on At The Races.

While favourite, Mutakayyef, didn't run and last year's winner, Grendisar, didn't manage to make it into the winners enclosure this year, you should have a look at the Sectional Tools tab on At The Races, which shows the horse efficiencies (or lack thereof) in 2017.

Winter Derby 2016

This time last year, Total Performance Data were at the Winter Derby, recording and publishing sectional times. This year, we are back at Lingfield Park to see if Grendisar can repeat his 2016 win, or if the current favourite, Mutakeyyef, will take the race.

Click here for TPD's 2016 Winter Derby times on At The Races.

Form Guide
Now with quick access as part of the At The Races form guide, TPD sectional times are presented horse by horse. In GRENDISAR's races, we can see how he has been running since we first started compiling his sectionals, way back in December 2015.

2016 Winter Derby Sectional Tools
Crunching these sectional times for the 2016 Winter Derby, we are presented with a masterclass in how to run an efficient race. The Sectional Tools tab shows us that almost every horse ran an efficient race, with efficiency grades of A and B across the card.

ICE Totally Gaming Conference, Feb 7-9, London

ICE Totally Gaming is the most international business event anywhere in gaming. Providing a gathering place for all the major gaming players, including operators, ICE provides a launch pad for gaming innovation, with literally hundreds of new product launches over the three days.

While we are not exhibiting this year, the Total Performance Data sales and marketing teams will be in attendance over the three days.

Hope to run into you there, or contact us using the button above.

Press Clipping - Racing Post

Our own Will Duff Gordon has been interviewed for Bill Barber's column in the Racing Post. Published yesterday, with the headline 'Innovation needed to enhance racing and halt relative decline', Will outlines the need for racing to embrace new data sources to help bookmakers drive additional betting revenue from racing; helping them to grow the market share for racing and compete against growing volumes of betting on football, online casino and the like.

The piece was published in print, and online for subscribers, but Bill has kindly given his permission for us to show you the article here.

Click to view:
Racing Post, 24 January 2017, Innovation needed to enhance racing and halt relative decline.

Press Clippings - Argentina Racecourse Announcement

Total Performance Data agrees Argentina racecourse timing deal

Data including sectional times to be provided from Argentine racecourse for first time

17th January, 2017 (Buenos Aires) – Total Performance Data (TPD), the supplier of innovative race timing technology to the racing industries, has agreed a deal with Argentina’s Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo racecourse that will see sectional times and a raft of other in-race timing data provided for the first time.

The agreement will see TPD install its market-leading race timing technology at the historic Buenos Aires racecourse, staging 120 fixtures every year.

It is the first time that data of this granularity – including sectional times, race pace, mid-race positioning and energy distribution – will be available on racing from the country.

The data, supplied using the latest GPS / GNSS technology, can be streamed to both on-course and off-course audiences, and is expected to go live at the Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo in mid 2017.

Will Duff Gordon, CEO of Total Performance Data, said: “I am thrilled that the latest technology from Total Performance Data will be available at Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo.

“The data we are drawing from racecourses around the world has the power to reinvent the way people interact with horseracing, and to bring it to Argentina for the first time is a major step in this process.

“We are determined to bring racing into the 21st century by supplying new content that enriches the experience for fans. With the technology improving all the time, this is only the start.”

Antonio Bullrich, President of the Racing Commission at Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo, added: “Our partnership with Total Performance Data is very exciting. We have been searching for a technology provider who can offer this type of tracking and data.

“Unlike many other data solutions, TPD offers a swift and simple installation, and the additional data will add a great deal of value to our races and improve the experience for our customers.”

The agreement with Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo follows similar agreements with racecourses across the UK, including all Arena Racing Company’s 16 racecourses, for which TPD provides sectional times that are available on At The Races.com.

TPD currently provides in-running odds generation data for over 40% of UK races, and is in negotiations to install its technology across a number of other racecourses worldwide.

Sectional times assist UK regulator, British Horseracing Authority

TPD's sectional timing data has been used by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to assist in their deliberations during an appeal against a Stewards inquiry.

From the BHA:

On 12 January 2017, the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) heard an appeal against the decision by the Wolverhampton Stewards, following an inquiry on 27 December 2016, to leave unaltered the placings of the first two horses home in the 32Red.com EBF Fillies’ Handicap Stakes.

Sectional times of the race were shown to the Disciplinary Panel, by trainer C Fellowes, to make his case:

He showed the Panel sectional times of the race and pointed out CAROLINAE had run the last 2 furlongs more quickly than DAISY BERE (FR).

The Panel also referred to sectional times when dismissing the appeal:

On the run to the line CAROLINAE made up no significant ground, was beaten ¾ length and was slowing which was confirmed by the sectional times.

You can read the full report on the BHA website here and view the sectional times for the race in question here: 27 December 2016 | Wolverhampton | 14:50