Traditionally, judgements about pace have been made visually. Experienced race readers are usually (but not always) able to judge whether a race has been truly- or falsely-run and to identify which horses have been advantaged or disadvantaged in general terms.
But sectional timing – whereby sections of races are timed and not just the whole – removes any doubt as to how fast a horse was running during a given part of the race and a great deal of the doubt as to the effect of this on the horse’s overall time.
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