Sectional Analysis - Energy Distribution

After staring for hours at Early Percentages and Sustained Percentages it was felt that they didn't really assist, on their own, with assessing a good performance over a poor one. The numbers are only interesting from the aspect of considering in which part of the race a horse ran quickest,…

Goodwood Sectionals July 31st

The number of races reviewed in this article will largely depend on the number of complete sectional timing datasets Turftrax ultimately publishes. The first two days of Glorious Goodwood have not resulted in a full set of each day's races being made available and at this point only the first…

Goodwood Sectionals July 30th

As much as TurfTrax could be applauded for providing sectional times during the 2014 Glorious Goodwood festival, it is frustrating that complete times are currently only provided for selected races. The final two races from the first day of the festival have not been uploaded to the TurfTrax website, and…

More Glorious Sectionals

The first day of Glorious Goodwood for 2014 is complete. This marathon festival is another at which TurfTrax are providing sectional timing data. Some of today's races are already available on their website in PDF format. The first task is to convert these into useable CSV format. A manual job…

Visualising Sectionals with R

Previously we looked at calculating horse speeds over the final furlongs of a race, using sectional times, and representing this as a percentage. That article is a good starting point to understand sectionals and the dataset used. Displaying raw sectional information on the page, or screen, is fine but it…

Sectionals with R

Sectional times refer to the time taken by a race horse to travel between two fixed points, usually the distance of one in UK, Irish and US racing or 200 metres in metric jurisdictions. Sectional timing is a useful tool to assess whether a horse covered total race distance in…