Sectional timing trials have been deemed a success and it will become a normal part of racing operations from 2 March.
A National Horseracing Authority press release reads:
Racing operator Phumelela has fulfilled the following requirements of the NHA:
1. That the sectional timing information captured at race meetings from horses carrying sectional timing devices during races is freely available and is in the public domain for at least 48 hours after it has been published on www.tellytrack.com.
2. The sectional timing information has been verified and the NHA has confirmation from at least 10 trainers within the Central Provinces region that they are satisfied with this information. The NHA is also satisfied that the final race times derived from these devices are consistent with the traditional race timing results.
Based on the above, with effect from 2 March 2019, Racing Operators’ Condition 13 will be enforced by the NHA.
13. SECTIONAL TIMING EQUIPMENT
13.1 Any horse or rider that has been declared / entered to run in a race shall be equipped with a sectional timing device as determined by the Operator.
13.2 It shall be an offence prosecutable in terms of the Rules of The National Horseracing Authority, for any person to remove, tamper or interfere in any form or manner with any sectional timing equipment.
13.3 Any horse which fails to carry a sectional timing device as contemplated in condition 13.1 above, shall be withdrawn from such race.