Moonee Valley launches Trakus technology on-course

Victorian racing fans will be given enhanced information about the in-race performance of every horse with the Australian launch of Trakus at tonight’s feature Moonee Valley meeting.

The world renowned timing and fan engagement technology will be used on-course at Moonee Valley for the Group 1 Brown Baldwin William Reid Stakes (1200m) meeting with information broadcast on the large infield screen and around the course during the broadcast of each race.

Used at racecourses in the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Turkey, Trakus maps the location, speed and position of each horse using small radio tags in the saddlecloths and offers a platform of graphical and statistical tools to present this information in broadcast and post race analysis.

Racing Victoria (RV) Chief Executive Bernard Saundry, who announced the joint investment in Trakus with the Victorian Government last October, said the technology was part of RV’s strategy to enhance the broadcast of Victorian racing and promote fan engagement. 

“We see Trakus enhancing the way in which fans, punters and owners can engage with Victorian racing and thus we are excited to launch the technology tonight at Moonee Valley,” Saundry said.

“Trakus has a platform of tools available to us to enhance the presentation of a race through new data and graphics, as well as the analysis that can be done post-race by punters, owners, trainers and jockeys.”

While tonight’s introduction of Trakus will be an exclusive on-course offering, RV intends to make the information from the system widely available off-course for the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival. 

“We’ll be finalising the technology over the coming months to build Trakus into the off-course broadcast and into Racing.com for enhanced form and analysis. We’ll also be working with the MRC and VRC on expanding the technology to other metropolitan tracks,” Saundry explained.

Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula, said the Andrews Government was working to ensure Victoria maintained its position as the leader of Australian racing. 

“The Government is pleased to support the introduction of Trakus through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund – which helps deliver key infrastructure projects for Victoria’s thoroughbred racing industry,” Pakula said.

“This is the first time such comprehensive real time information has been available in Australian racing, and it puts Victoria on par with other leading racing jurisdictions around the world.

“We look forward to the Trakus technology being rolled out to other metropolitan tracks and enhancing the way people watch and enjoy Victorian racing.”

Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) Chief Executive, Michael Browell, said the addition of Trakus to tonight’s premier meeting was a positive step for the Club and the Victorian racing industry.

“The integration of Trakus technology at Moonee Valley tonight will significantly enhance the on-course experience for racing fans and punters,” Browell said.

“We’ve worked diligently with Trakus and Racing Victoria to install and test the technology since January and we’re thrilled to become the first Australian venue to utilise it.

“With the Group 1 Brown Baldwin William Reid Stakes headlining what is the finale of our City Jeep Night Racing Season – it’s a great meeting on which to introduce Trakus as part of our on-course presentation.”

Trakus Chief Executive, Bob McCarthy, said the sophisticated technology would help provide a new level of information to fans and punters as it is rolled out over coming months.

“Trakus makes it easier for racing fans to follow their horses during a race. In addition to instantaneous 3D graphics identifying the speed and position of each horse during the live race, the technology automates the collection of performance information including sectional times and margins for every horse in every race,” McCarthy said.

“The system uses a network of antennas at the racecourse and small radio tags fit into the saddlecloth of each horse to track the horses 30 times per second. The data is presented instantaneously on the broadcast, and also immediately available for presentation in web and mobile formats.

“With Trakus, punters preparing for an upcoming race will now also be able to compare trip distance for each horse, which is especially important for races with horses running four or five wide around a turn in order to understand whether a horse with a wide trip may have actually travelled faster than the winner.”