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TurfTrax GoingStick continues global expansion
07 Dec 2017 | TurfTrax 

British technology continues to contribute to the success of major international racing festivals, and following its successful deployment at last month’s Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington, the TurfTrax GoingStick and mapping system is set to further penetrate the Southern Hemisphere.

Developed in response to the British horseracing industry’s search for more scientific methods of monitoring and measuring going and weather conditions on UK racecourses, The GoingStick has featured in the preparation of the Flemington track since 2010 and has inspired more widespread use of the device in Australia, one of the racing world’s most diverse and challenging territories.

In 2016, following extensive trials, Racing Victoria began a programme of implementation at nine metropolitan and provincial racetracks in Victoria with a further four set to follow, making the GoingStick an integral part of the preparation for all meetings at Flemington as well as Moonee Valley, home of the William Hill Cox Plate, and Caulfield, the venue for the celebrated BMW Caufield Cup.

TurfTrax Managing Director, Mike Maher, travelled to Australia ahead of the Melbourne Cup Carnival to oversee the GoingStick’s use, and to meet with track managers in the region who are now using the device.

He said, “The GoingStick was developed by a Cambridgeshire-based company in collaboration with the Centre for Sports Surface Research at Cranfield University to satisfy a need identified by the British Horseracing Authority, and is 100% British.

“Implementation of the technology across this vast continent with a huge variety of climates, grass and soil types is testament to its versatility and reliability.

“It’s a great compliment to the UK racing industry and homegrown scientific research, that racing authorities around the world continue to show interest in, and ultimately adopt, the TurfTrax GoingStick and Mapping Systems.”

TurfTrax’s revolutionary product also now stretches to Queensland where the GoingStick is in use at five racetracks, and more than 2,600 miles across the continent, Racing & Wagering Western Australia is implementing GoingStick and mapping technology at its two flagship tracks in Perth, Ascot and Belmont, and if successful more venues will follow. New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing are also beginning trials at two locations this year. The Australian Turf Club who operate the four Metropolitan tracks in Sydney will also be joining the GoingStick revolution early in 2017.

Use of the GoingStick in Australia is not limited to racing with a number of agronomy companies already using the device for multi-purpose turf sports pitches, and growing interest from other sports and turf amenity organisations.