The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has revealed a new addition to its racecourse wind tracker with the Australian-first flyover tool set to be active in time for Black Caviar, The Great Horse Race Day on Saturday.
Created in conjunction with Sports Data, the flyover tool offers a virtual look at the Flemington Racecourse course proper with real-time wind speed and direction.
Located on this page and on the Flemington app, the wind tracker and flyover tool are designed to assist trainers, jockeys and racing fans in assessing the impact of wind on race day.
Data is collected from five wind sensors across the track to accurately reflect the conditions.
The track and weather page at Flemington.com.au already features comprehensive data on wind statistics, rail statistics plus the latest information on the elements including humidity, soil moisture, the going stick and more.
VRC Executive General Manager Racing Leigh Jordon said he was looking forward to seeing the flyover tool in use on Saturday.
“The VRC is pleased to offer relevant and up to date information to participants and punters about track and weather conditions at Australia’s premier racetrack,” Mr Jordon said.
“It completes the wind tracker that we announced last year. It’s the first of its kind in Australia and adds to the world-class racing at Flemington Racecourse.”
VRC Senior Manager Flemington Racecourse Liam O’Keeffe said the flyover tool would help show the role wind plays at Flemington Racecourse.
“We’ve put a lot of work into getting the flyover tool right and I think those on course and at home will really appreciate the extra data it provides,” Mr O’Keeffe said.
“The flyover tool puts you in the jockey’s seat and offers a more accurate look at how the wind is playing on race day.”
Black Caviar, The Great Horse Race Day kicks off the Flemington Racing Spectacular, also featuring Australian Guineas Day on Saturday 27 February and Super Saturday on Saturday 6 March.