BHA announces new high-definition replay system to be used at Royal Ascot
October 21, 2017 9:00 AM
by Robert Mann
U.S. horseplayers often perplexed and flummoxed by inconsistent and unclear stewards’ decisions will be anxious to see the results of a new program in Great Britain, where The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that a new high-definition replay system will be operational starting today at Royal Ascot.
The new system, which will be gradually rolled out at all of the United Kingdom’s 59 racecourses starting in April, will make the process of reviewing races easier, more efficient and more comprehensive, say its developers.
The system works by providing officials with multiple screen views of continually synchronized content from up to 16 HD cameras. The playback of footage will also now be controlled via an intuitive touchscreen system from within the stewards' room, replacing the existing “talkback” system to an outside broadcast truck. It also provides the ability to record each day’s racing to review any other incidents that take place.
Paul Barton, Head of Stewarding at the BHA, said “The new EVS system gives the stewards every possible angle at the touch of the button, and will make the post-race review quicker and more comprehensive than it has been previously.
“It will also allow for more footage to be called on in an inquiry, if required, and give stewards and participants clearer evidence on which to base their discussions and decisions.”