‘An Important Addition’ – Curragh Chief Welcomes Track Section Timing Test | Horse racing news

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Brian Kavanagh: General Manager of the Curragh

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By David Jennings, Deputy Editor of Ireland

Irish racing will be a late move closer to rolling out cup timing technology on Wednesday night as the Curragh take part in trials using speed detection equipment.

Course managing director Brian Kavanagh recognizes the importance of the service on the international stage and wanted the technology to be implemented at the home of the Irish Classics as soon as possible after a five-year delay.

The Racing Post understands that around half of the tracks in Ireland will take part in cup timing trials over the next few months through Racecourse Media Group’s timing partner, Coursetrack.

Each course is expected to fund the cost of running the technology at its facilities, estimated to be between €1,000 and €1,500 per meeting.

Kavanagh said: “We’re looking forward to it. It’s being operated by HRI thanks to Darren Lawlor and the team there. We had indicated we wanted to operate it here at the Curragh as soon as possible and we’re really looking looking forward to the trial and seeing what the outcome looks like. We can’t wait to introduce it.

“It’s a great addition, especially for flat racing, and I’d be happy to offer the service, but we need to make sure it’s correct. We need to make sure it’s up to snuff and c is what the essay is about.

“If you’re selling your footage internationally, they expect timing systems to be standard.”

The delayed deployment of sectional synchronization technology in Ireland has been a contentious issue for several years.

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Paddy Walsh: Said plans for technology to generate revenue through new ongoing betting processes had not materialized

Paddy Walsh: Said plans for technology to generate revenue through new ongoing betting processes had not materialized

SIS owns the rights to implement the sectional technology as part of the Irish racing media rights deal struck in 2016, a deal worth around £39m a year which expires on the end of 2023.

However, they failed to deliver on their commitment to introduce section timing on every Irish course from January 2017, having initially claimed it had the potential to “revolutionize Irish racing” and potentially “change the how bettors are betting on the race forever”.

In February, the CEO of the Association of Irish Racecourses, Paddy Walsh, told the Racing Post that SIS was pleased that Coursetrack was working to move the initiative forward before the next media rights deal came into play in 2024, an agreement which is currently being negotiated.

Walsh said SIS’s initial plans for the technology to generate revenue through new ongoing betting processes had not materialized, meaning the leads, rather than SIS, were now needed to fund the trials. .

Total Performance Data, which provides such information for many UK tracks through a three-way collaboration with At The Races and Arena Racing Company, told The Racing Post in January 2021 that it could be “up and running within days” if it was asked to provide services for Irish Racing.

In March, TPD chairman and co-founder Eamonn Wilmott said: ‘We would provide a minimum income guarantee of tens of thousands of euros for every racecourse in Ireland, free of charge. ‘Ireland should consider making £100,000 a year in a year.’

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