Has anyone else ever looked at the sectional times in detail?
The reason I ask is because of the recorded information differences between sectionals and the 600m race time given in the official results. I am not just talking about a small variance but differences of sometimes well over 1sec (This is over 6Lens).
For example take ANAPINE who won yesterday at Rosehill. Look at the information provide on its last start at Randwick R4. The last 600m for the race was listed at 34.33sec in the results, and ANAPINE lead all the way. Therefore you would expect its last 600 in the sectionals to be around 34.3secs. But when you open the sectionals you see the 600 sectional of 35.7secs. When you listen to the race it seems the sectional of 35.7secs is closer to the money.
This is just one example of many and its not just Randwick. Just have a look for yourself on the ajc site or any other.
Can anyone shed some light on what is going on and which information can we trust if any? This is very frustrating when trying to do sectional analysis.
Yes, there are many mistakes in the data, after all these figures are entered by human data entry operators.
I personally depend a great deal on the final time of the race re. rating, but disregard the sectionals even when fully available, ie. for the turn 800, etc.
simply because it will only show you one thing, and one thing only; HOW the race was run!!!
This is only my opinion of course, so devotees of sectionals, if you want to buy an argument look elsewhere.
The time for Rosehill on a good track for 1400 M should be around 85 + sec.
I have a bench mark for all tracks all conditions all distances, and my programme will compare the racetime with the benchmark before rating, and if it is out of whack I get an error message.
Saved me a lot of dud bets I can tell you!
Hope it helps a little, good luck!
Beats me. Having just checked something clearly doesn't add up.
The AJC uses a (presumably fixed) beam to calculate the 600m time. Did they neglect to adjust for the 8.0m rail?
Thanks Marcus25 - When are they going to replace those silly human operators with computers.
I also have track models for all tracks under good conditions for open or = class. For example Rosehill is:
I notice my Par for 1400 is a bit quicker than your's but it all relative.
I do similar benchmarking and thats why I posted but to date have been relucant to change data. I find myself adjusting daily variance factors but I will keep your thoughts in mind next time I come across something funny.
A brief investigation suggests the discrepancy is due to the rail position.
Diff - Rail
The sportscolour 600m time seems to exceed the AJC time by ~:
5% of rail position.
The AJC time appears to be correct.
Sportscolour uses underground sensors and obviously it wouldn't dig them up and reposition every time the rail moves. It claims to normalise the times to 200m but apparently doesn't bother to here.
It's not a big deal to remember than when the rail is out 8m the 600m trench is really ~607m, then scale the observed time by 600/607.
Still this sloppy status quo should give false rail runners tremendous early speed figures for experts to enthuse about.
As accuracy seems a problem, is their any point in sectionals except for them often leading us up a garden path?
They seem like a good idea on the mostly small US dirt tracks and play a big part in handicapping there, but in OZ with the rails all over the show and the track times often different depending on very small differences in 'good' track condt. [even the length of the grass would make a difference], track records are often set in very middle of the road races.
Nice detective work jfc.
This is just another example of the crap data you have to contend with to handicap races. I compare data sources all the time and get different winning margins, weights carried, even jockeys from one place to another.
Marcus - As someone who has been logging racetimes for ten years or so, just a query re the Rosehill 1400m (Good track conditions) as I have the standard time listed as 83.5s somewhat different to your own. Do you adjust your standard times in some way?
JFC - I think you will also find that the racetime for the winner will also be different to that of the winner by 0.05 (5/100ths) of a second because the timer devices are in the saddle of the horse while the racetime is judged as soon as the winner's nose crosses the line.
As an example in last Saturday's Orr Stakes, Sportscolour have the race time as 82.36s and the winner's time Perfect Promise as 82.41s
Thanks jfc but I don't think it is the rail position. Sportcolour state they adjust their sectionals for such things and going back to my example the difference in times was 1.37secs therefore the rail would have to be 27.4m out for the day.
La Mer it seems our track Par Time for 1400m at Rosehill is similar (mine 83.2s) - Depends on the class you choose to take average for.
I may be off track here a little and excuse me if so. The track condition in regard to firmness, the moisture, and the lenght of grass is one factor in the speed of the race. The atmospheric conditions such as air pressure and the speed and direction of wind is another factor. The racing style of the horses within the race is another. Then there is the jock. Very few races are won by the winning horse jumping in front and going fullbore to the finish line.
Invariably if the winner gets in front and stays in front it will only just fast enough to fend off any challenge. often the winner will be the horse that runs the leader down. Hence the speed a race is run is individual only to that race. Records happen when two or more horses are vying for the same position in the field.
After more investigation I'm very sorry I started.
Anyway here is a race where the t600 discrepancy is an incredible 2.44 seconds.
So which time is credible?
Not that easy to figure out. Particularly since freak wind might be at play. So to partially nullify that I looked at 800m times.
The fastest 800m time I've found for Randwick 1200m races is 44.89 seconds.
Yet here Cooder recorded 43.19 and all but 1 of the 11 starters beat 44.89.
So I figure Sportscolour is very wrong.
Interestingly next time out Cooder featured in the Stewards Reports giving all indication he was knackered from the previous run.
Sorry La Mer!
Must have been the time of day.
I looked up the wrong column, and the time seemed close enough so I posted it.
The proper time for 1400 M in that price range and class I have 83.530818 sec.
Thanks jfc. Another good example. I noticed sportcolour's link to this race for indivual sectionals doesn't work - I had dismissed the sectional information and the official 600 time worked ok when reviewing the race.
The wind speed at the time of this race was 28km/hr with gusts of 33km/h - this is not too high. The direction of the wind was down the straight and would have assisted fast last 600 times but this race was run with a fast first sectional into the wind hence a slower last 600 was possible.
I have also passed the question onto Sportcolour and waiting to see a response.
After reading everything here. Where does that leave us with a race in front of us to handicap ? Averaging out a horses sectionals and distance times I think. One of the reasons I mainly stick to 4yr, olds and up is because it a lot easier to do for most of the field, as there is [useually] enough info. in the runners stats to do so.
I believe the info. regarding sectionals and race times are important, very important but they both are still only two of many pieces of the puzzle. Using time in Aust. racing conditions as the main piece of selection criteria would be flawed and giving it more importance than it deserves [and it does deserve a decent amount]. We should except that many stats, just can't be reduced to scientific accuracy in horse racing and time is just another one of them. A variable often influenced by unpredictable factors. Many of them already having been mentioned in this thread so far.
What an exercise in futility!
Why these grotesque 600m time discrepancies at Randwick on January 21st?
Eventually my only hypothesis that holds up is that the clocks on the 7 Sportcolour (Equitime) 200m sensors were out of whack.
It's very easy for compute clocks to lose the plot, but presumably also very easy to resynchronise them.
I note that the Randwick times started working properly again in February, so maybe that meant the return from holidays of the officer responsible for pressing the resynchronise button.
Your looking for scientific measurement at the bottom of a swamp JFC. Pea brained humans are involved[?]
they dont make a tape to measure that one jfc,it would be like trying to measure total zero..............cheers.......slowman............ ....
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