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The GoingStick Autumn 2008. What’s the ground like? The going is one of the most important variables that will be taken into account when assessing a race. A GoingStick reading offers a consistent and objective numerical snapshot of a racecourse’s ground conditions.

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The GoingStick

Autumn 2008

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What’s the ground like?

  • The going is one of the most important variables that will be taken into account when assessing a race.
  • A GoingStick reading offers a consistent and objective numerical snapshot of a racecourse’s ground conditions.
  • As of 1st January 2009, producing a GoingStick reading will be a requirement of the Rules of Racing.
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So what is the GoingStick?

  • Gives an objective numerical reading that will reflect the overall state of the going at any given racecourse.
  • Extensively and successfully trialled – over 130,000 official readings in the last 12 months alone.
  • Can be interpreted to account for a wide variety of conditions.
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How does it work?

  • Measures and records both penetration and shear.
  • Statistics it generates form a credible bank of data for each individual racecourse.
  • The more the GoingStick is used, the more the databank grows – and the more the databank grows, the more useful the information becomes.
data available at www turftrax co uk going stick archive html
Data available at: www.turftrax.co.uk/going_stick_archive.html
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How is the number that I see in the paper arrived at?

  • Averages approximately 9 readings per furlong to achieve an overall ‘reading’.
  • Automatically discards ‘strange’ or anomalous readings.
  • Readings can range between around 3.5 and 12.5, but varying soil types will dictate that some racecourses are unable to produce readings at the extremes of this scale.
  • Common sense approach encouraged for readings taken in areas of ‘worn’, ‘spiked’ or ’aerated’ ground, as well as on ground that is part way through a watering cycle.
  • Readings should always be viewed in the context of historic readings at that racecourse, rather than against what similar numbers might represent at other racecourses.
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How will it be useful to me?

  • Helps Owners and Trainers with both entry and running plans.
  • Racecourses have increased information to distribute to industry and media contacts in the run up to a fixture.
  • Can help ground staff teams in identifying areas of track that may require remedial work.
  • Gives punters an objective statistic on one of the most important variables they are likely to consider when assessing a race.
  • Increasingly valuable statistic for media and bookmakers to offer their customers.