Sectional timing badly needed: Irish handicapper

Updated: January 11, 2012

Senior Irish hadicapper Garry O’Gorman has said that sectional timing should be introduced in all tracks across Britain and Ireland, before they get left behind in an increasingly global sport.

The use of sectional timing is taken for granted in most racing countries however it was only used at a big meeting in these shores during the Qipco Champions Day at Ascot at the end of the flat season.

Having sectional timing would have allowed race readers and punters alike to see Frankel’s spectacular 2000 Guineas, not just from a visual point of view but from a timing angle as well.

“Surely somebody can see the big picture here,” O’Gorman said in London as the World Thoroughbred Rankings for 2011 were published.

“Perhaps for a company like Betfair, surely the scope for in-running betting can be massively influenced by provision of sectional times.

“We have a distinctly third-world attitude to things like this. We are pissing in the wind when we try to distil certain things from the time of a race.”

“In the future, when there is co-mingling of [international] betting pool, it will be even more critical. If people betting into worldwide betting pool are looking for what they are used to, we are going to be seriously embarrassed if they look at a race and see an anachronistic presentation of form data.”

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