Talking Horses: 900,000 reasons for tracks to learn how to tell time

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Read more God bless the Levy Board, which has thrown its weight behind the idea of sectional times in British horse racing. This is an idea whose time has come, about 20 years ago, but we’ve taken the devil’s own time to do anything about it.The levy board has offered up £900,000 as a means of incentivising media rights holders to get their tracks producing sectional time data forthwith. Those rights holders will be paid a fixed sum by the levy board for each fixture for which data is published; that per-fixture payment will decrease next year and again in 2021, so that there’s a lot to be gained by getting on with it now. Show The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Read more Since you’re here… Was this helpful? Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Catterick2.00 Blitzle 2.30 Whiskey And Water 3.00 Mrs Bouquet 3.30 Ghathanfar 4.00 Lever Du Soleil 4.30 Mercenary Rose 5.00 Lappet 5.30 Chickenfortea (nb)Lingfield2.10 Ragstone Cowboy 2.40 Cherry Cola 3.10 Royal Hall 3.40 Kafeel 4.10 Laikaparty 4.40 Dream Kart (nap) 5.10 Attorney GeneralYarmouth2.20 Magical Ride 2.50 Bubbly Splash 3.20 Soloist 3.50 Fearlessly 4.20 Muscika 4.50 Going Places 5.20 Sonnet RoseKempton5.15 Soar Above 5.45 Recuerdame 6.15 Forbidden Dance 6.45 Skyman 7.15 Airbrush 7.45 Encryption 8.15 Walter White 8.45 RevolutioniseBath6.00 Perfect Grace 6.30 Edged Out 7.00 Conspiritor 7.30 Desert Lion 8.00 Rose Hip 8.30 Toolatetodelegate 9.00 Oborne Lady Topics Talking Horses … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Horse racing Horse racing tips Share via Email Why secret trainers have become a worry for officials and punters Gavin Cromwell has become a very notable name in low-grade flat racing in this country, as well as training the Champion Hurdle winner, and he may be adding to his 32% British strike-rate with Lappet (5.00) at 4-1. She was having just her third start for Cromwell, and her first in Britain, when she made all at Musselburgh last week and there should be more to come, for all that she scored by just a neck.I was hoping for better than 7-1 about Chickenfortea (5.30) but the price has collapsed about Eric Alston’s grey. He hasn’t done much this year but he’s mostly been raced over six furlongs and needs further. His best three career starts have all been at Catterick and he is now on a mark 10lb lower than when he last tried this course and distance, when second in September.There’s been a non-runner in the nap’s race at Lingfield, so Dream Kart, a Mark Johnston speedball, is only 2-5. Bleugh. But the admirable Cherry Cola (2.40) may not have finished winning yet and is available at 11-4 earlier on the card.You can still get some 6-1 about Kafeel (3.40), the subject of some interest in the selling handicap. He hasn’t won since March last year but his rating has dropped as a result and there were some signs of revival on his last run before switching from Gary Moore to Alexandra Dunn. Thank you for your feedback. Reuse this content Quick guide Wednesday tips features The hope is that within a couple of years, to the strains of the hallelujah chorus, all British tracks will have a means in place of producing sectional times and at last we can all stop guessing about whether the early pace was fast or slow. When a race pans out in an odd-looking way, we’ll have a helpful tool for investigating what happened. When a horse does something impressive, we’ll have an extra bit of data to illustrate the achievement.The argument in favour of sectionals is often framed just now in terms of driving up betting interest in racing, and we can certainly hope it will have that effect. But there’s so much more to the case for sectional timing, including the insights it could offer into fence placement or the use that could be made of it by stewards and handicappers.Fundamentally, sectional times help us to understand our sport and if that isn’t worth a big chunk of money and a grim determination to push this project over the line, then I don’t know what is.Of course, some tracks (notably Ascot and 12 courses owned by ARC) are already producing sectionals, so this scheme will be a fair reward for their efforts.On the other hand, I note that this initiative is all carrot and no stick, so I suppose there will still be executives who will let it whistle past their ear, leaving some of our tracks entering 2022 in a 1982 state of mind, and doubtless with some of the same sandwiches on sale.Wednesday’s best betsHappily, seven-furlong handicaps at Catterick remain as entertaining now as they were 40 years ago, with that familiar charge down the hill, scrabble round the bend and slog back up the hill to the line. There are two such races at the end of today’s card and I shall be taking an interest in both. Hide Share on Messengerlast_img

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