It's been a bit of a bugbear for expert and professional punters
that individual horse sectional times are not available as part of
RISA's form data. The best we have from the official
governing body is a spattering of 600m race sectionals. That
is the sectional time for the race only (leader at the 600m to
winner at the finish line). Also, this data is generally only
available for metro and some provincial meetings. It's value
to the form analyst is really pretty low.
The holy grail of form data is the individual horse sectional
with breakdowns covering each 200m section of a race.
International providers such as TurfTrax have
proprietary hardware that has been used with some success
overseas. This technology requires receivers to be set up at
each section of a race course and a horse to be carrying a radio
frequency tracking tag. There is also a substantial amount of
computer equipment required on course to capture and process the
data. The Dorian Horse Equitime System consisting of
subterranean loops and transmitters carried under the saddle cloth
has been the 200m timing mechanism of choice in Australia.
The cost of installation and maintenance of the systems mentioned
is prohibitive to all but the large metropolitan clubs and data
accuracy has been widely questioned due to a lack of quality
assurance procedures prior to publishing.
Abettoredge a relatively new
Australian entity have developed bespoke technology that captures
full individual horse 200m sectional times for the majority of
televised Australian race meetings. This opens up a whole new
area of competitive advantage for the punter who has access to this
entries here describe the technology and process for
capture of the data.
200m increment individual runner sectional times are available
on a per meeting basis from the Abettoredge website: http://www.abettoredge.com/products.php