Introduction # 4 Optimising Success with tracked data.

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Following our article Introduction : Working with Racing Trainers with performance tracking technology, 3 categories of questions that trainers ask themselves were mentioned :

    • Physical preparation: How to improve the physical condition of their horses and reduce the risk of injury?
    • Potential of each horse: How to develop (individually) horses to reach their maximum potential?
    • Win: How to be more successful in each race?

In this article, we will introduce our answers to the latest: How to be more successful in each race?

Racing and winning

The victory in a race is the culmination of a complex series of events that include not only the raw potential of the horse but physical preparation and of course, the race conditions.

It is impossible to guarantee victory but it is possible for Trainers to take certain measures to increase their chances of winning.

The career of racehorses, especially on the flat are often short but are extremely valuable, having as much information as possible increases the likelihood that decisions will lead to positive results.

Monitoring a horse guarantees the Trainer the ability to utilise objective data alongside his skill and knowledge, by providing a detailed analysis of performance and vital parameters of each horse in training and thus prepare them for the races.

USE OF THE DATA

Comparing the data of different horses provides a better understanding of the abilities of each horse, their progress over time and thus optimizes physical preparation.

Implementing standard exercises and analyzing associated data on horses in the same yard may be the key to identifying horses with the greatest potential. It also helps to individualize the training to ensure each horse has the best chance of performing to his/her capability and providing them with the greatest chance of victory on the track.

Specific needs for each and every horse

The locomotion capacity is not the same for all horses. The study of  cadence can nevertheless allow a Trainer to have an idea of the natural aptitude of a horse to hold a constant speed over distance.

When comparing one horse to another, on the same exercise, the intensity of the effort will not be identical. This last parameter is easily visible by utilising the data of the heart rate.

By comparing the data of young horses with those of older horses, it is possible to quantify their level of performance and determine which ones have higher potential than the others. It will then be possible to apply a training typology specific to a horse’s profile, by utilising data from previous seasons.

Today, the Trainers rely entirely on their skill,  experience, view of the horse on the gallops, feeling as well as feedback from the lads/jockeys.. Completing this process with objective data, such as those measured by EQUIMETRE, maximizes the effectiveness of decision-making on race commitments and success.