New camera technology at Royal Ascot secures authorisation

New photofinish technology from RaceTech has been given official authorisation by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) after successful implementation at Royal Ascot last week.

The reverse angle photofinish camera captures a clearer image of the horses from the nearside, and is used in conjunction with the mirror image.

RaceTech’s Winning Line Technology has undergone extensive trials across several tracks including at the Cheltenham Festival and at earlier Ascot fixtures.

Chris Stickels, head of racing and clerk of the course at Ascot Racecourse, said: “We have been keen to use this technology at Ascot and have assisted RaceTech in developing it over the past few months. It is particularly useful on a wider track, with bigger fields and when the horses come up the stand side.”

The reverse angle images will be posted on the BHA website following each race as part of the official photofinish along with the standard mirror image.

The BHA will continue to work with the Racecourse Association to roll out a phased introduction of the technology, as well as looking into how it can progress across the racecourse network.

John Bozza, chief executive at RaceTech, said: “RaceTech is delighted to have worked with the BHA and our racecourse stakeholders to develop this new informative technology, supporting our vision to be the technical service provider of choice for UK racing. It is especially pleasing to have been given official approval during Royal Ascot.”