NEWCASTLE RACECOURSE ANNOUNCES AMENDMENTS TO HURDLE COURSE DISTANCES

Published 2019/11/07

A summary of the amendments is as such:

OFFICIAL START

PREVIOUS DISTANCE

NEW DISTANCE REPOSITION?

1m6f NHF

1m6f +139yds 1m6f +66yds No 2m 2m +98yds 2m +46yds No 2m4f 2m4f +133yds 2m4f +62yds No 2m6f* 2m6f exactly 2m6f exactly Yes 3m 3m +10yds 2m7f +179yds No * The 2m6f start previously advertised as 2m6f exactly was surveyed at 2m6f +15yds.

The start will be moved accordingly to offer 2m6f exactly. The GPS tracking of jumps horses at Newcastle in conjunction with Total Performance Data (“TPD”) highlighted some small inconsistencies in the distances run on the hurdle track, which lead to the remeasurement and surveying programme undertaken by MK Surveys.

Newcastle Clerk of the Course James Armstrong stated, “We’ve been very pleased to work with TPD for a number of years at Newcastle, primarily offering sectional timing and striding data, initially on our flat races. “More recently, we have been working with them to offer similar data for jumps racing and in that testing process, we were able to identify some distance issues with our hurdle starts, so have been able to resurvey and amend them to offer a greater degree of accuracy and move starts where appropriate ahead of the start of this season”.

TPD tracking is similarly being introduced across ARC jumps tracks over the course of the winter, adding to the publically available speed and stride data that is available on At The Races online.