New speed sensing equipment trialled at Dundalk Stadium
New speed sensing equipment which Horse Racing Ireland plans to introduce for racing this summer were trialled at Wednesday night’s race meeting at Dundalk Stadium.
The equipment from Satellite Information Systems delivers live pace information by fitting each runner with a GPS tracker inserted beneath the saddle cloth.
The tracker can also chart the exact path every horse took from start to finish and determine how much ground was lost or gained in the race.
Horse Racing Ireland had been hoping to introduce the technology for the early part of the Flat season but was delayed before recent trials in Dundalk.
Michael Grassick, chief executive of the Irish Racehorse Trainers Association, said: “This is new technology and we have had a few tests so far, all of which have taken place at Dundalk.
“We want to expand the tests and when they have concluded all relevant bodies will sit down to discuss what’s going to happen with this information. It’s very much early days in the process.”