Things move pretty fast in horseracing – and not just on the track. Ensuring that the high regulatory standards of British racing are upheld requires constant vigilance from the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA’s) Stewarding teams, who manage and review all of the racing action each day on courses across the country.
To manage these decisions, the Stewarding teams working on each racecourse must quickly process a large amount of information and take the appropriate actions efficiently and effectively. With so much data to be taken on board however, BHA needed to develop a powerful piece of kit to support this process.
That’s exactly what we delivered.
The administration system we built enables information to be recorded in real-time and stored centrally, making it instantly accessible to everyone involved in a coherent and usable format. It’s driven by a sophisticated rules engine meaning the Stewarding Team can be confident in the accuracy of their decisions; this helps minimise error, delay and administration, and keeps the focus on what’s most important: the racing.
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To get to grips with the often complex and highly specialised rules of racing, our team travelled to a number of racecourses to see for themselves how the Stewards Room team worked, and what challenges they faced.
What was immediately obvious was the sheer amount of data being handled by them on a daily basis, from profiles of the thousands of horses and hundreds of jockeys in the sport to the details of race incidents. Through our delivery of a central, web-based administration system, the number of system applications required to record and access this data has been reduced from ten to just one – seriously streamlining how things work.
We also made it easier for the Stewarding teams to apply the information they gather, safeguarding the accuracy and precision of their Stewards Enquiries.
By integrating a sophisticated rules engine into the administration system, the Stipes are able to confirm quickly and easily which actions are open to them given the particular jockey, trainer and horse involved in the enquiry. Any previous restrictions and sanctions are taken into account, ensuring that the Stewards have all the validation they need to make such important decisions.
There are multiple fixtures everyday throughout the UK, and jockeys will often ride in races at multiple courses. To make sure that penalties such as fines and riding suspensions are appropriately upheld across these different locations, the system provides shared, real-time updates regarding the latest decisions, so that teams, regardless of where they are working, can be certain they’re reacting to the very latest information.
The UK’s £3.5 billion horseracing industry is supported by the thousands of decisions made each year by the British Horseracing Authority’s Stewards – decisions which can now be made faster and more accurately thanks to the software we delivered. Now that’s what we call making a difference.
The work we did for the British Horseracing Authority has certainly made a difference to the day-to-day running of races up and down the country: