equinITy on tour in the USA!

Fine Equinity's MD Tim Jones has embarked on a month long trans America marketing visit from 18th April taking in 5 states, delivering multiple demonstrations of the equinITy performance monitoring system and having dozens of conversations with the great and good of the USA horse racing world.

 

Starting in Florida to attend the Ocala Breeders Sales 2 Year Olds In Training Sale, Tim was well placed to bring the many benefits of using equinITy collected data to the attention of leading consigners. Demonstrations were given at a number of the many pre-training centres around Ocala, followed by a short visit to Miami to spend morning track work at both Gulfstream Park and Palm Meadows, facilitated many conversations with trainers at those tracks ensuring significant exposure to equinITy and the insights it provides.

Kentucky in the week leading up to the Kentucky Derby was the next stop. Mornings at Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Churchill Downs Training Centre in Louisville were combined with time spent at Keeneland and The Thoroughbred Centre in Lexington.  A highlight of the visit to Kentucky was meeting the team behind the 2015 Eclipse Award winner and Champion Sprinter, Runhappy. Laura Wohlers and her husband Kelly and the expert equine physiologist Bill Pressey have guided Runhappy through his unconventional training regime with the benefit of performance monitoring to deliver the optimal fitness programme. His success on the track with three Grade 1 victories during his three year old year against older horses and including the Breeders' Cup speaks for itself.

 

Following a journey from east to west to California, Tim arrived in San Francisco for a brief visit before driving to Los Angeles for demonstrations to the Santa Anita racehorse training community. 

Next stop Maryland and New York during the week leading up to the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown!  Tim is in the USA until Monday 23rd May.  If you would like to get in touch you can do so by emailing tim.jones@fineequinity.com or calling his US Cell: +1 407 435 1666

Read Dr David Marlin's Article "Heart Rate During Exercise In The Horse Explained"

Dr David Marlin is a scientist with more than 25 years’ experience in equine physiology and biochemistry. His specialist areas include exercise physiology, respiratory and cardiovascular physiology and disease, thermoregulation, physiological measurement, imaging and diagnostic devices.

You can read David's article on how to utilise equinITy to monitor the intensity of equine exercise here.

David welcomes enquiries from Fine Equinity customers to provide supplementary data analysis and interpretation consultancy services and can be contacted as follows:

Email: dm@davidmarlin.co.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)7572 124264
Web: www.davidmarlin.co.uk

 

 

 

equinITy - Now Available to Order Online

We are pleased to announce that you can now order equinITy online (currently UK and Ireland only).

All other countries and territories are still available, but not via the equinITy Online Ordering Service at the moment.  Please contact our Sales Team by using equinITy Chat, our Enquiry Form or by Telephone for further details.

See our Order Page to begin the ordering process...

European Bloodstock News Spotlights and Showcase

Have you ever wanted to gain a greater understanding of why Performance Monitoring is invaluable in optimising the health and fitness of the Equine Athlete?

Why do the coaches of all Elite Sportsmen and Sportswomen use Performance Monitoring so religiously?  

This series of articles, recently published in European Bloodstock News, provides a comprehensive and informative collection of expert opinion from a variety of well-respected Equine Practitioners. Cardiologist, Dr Lesley Young; Scientist, Dr David Marlin; Veterinarian, Duncan Moir; Physiologist, Bill Pressey and Trainers Daniel Kubler and Mike de Kock all give their own individual slant on how integrating the use of Performance Data into their daily routine helps to inform their opinions and decisions.

Click to see full article...

Click to see full article...


News for June 2015

What a fantastic month June has been for our equinITy customers.

The Belmont Stakes and equinITy in the USA

The month started with Amelia jetting off to Belmont to visit a few trainers at Belmont and Fair Hill followed by a fantastic day’s racing on the Saturday for the Belmont Stakes. She went racing with equinITy customer Mike de Kock who’s Mubtaahij was running in the Belmont Stakes. He ran a fantastic race to finish fourth against some of America’s top three year olds and to top it off she got to see a Triple Crown winner. On returning from her trip Amelia reported, “The noise from the stands and American Pharoah turned into the straight was glass shattering and the emotion as he crossed the line in front was  just incredible. To witness 90,000 people cheering home one horse who will now go down in the history books was an amazing experience and it was a real privilege to be there!”. Amelia’s visit signalled the beginning of equinITy’s exposure to the American market with all of the necessary approvals to export to the USA having now been met. The appointment of a number of Agents to promote equinITy within the USA is underway with representation in the principle horseracing areas of California, Florida, Kentucky and New York being prioritised. We look forward to introducing our USA Agents over the coming weeks.  

Gold for Ed Dunlop

British horseracing’s main showcase Royal Ascot was the next big event and it represented a major watershed for Ed Dunlop. Ed’s roll of honour is already extensive having enjoyed Global success with his Classic winning fillies Ouija Board and Snow Fairy and the Group 1 performers Joshua Tree and the legendary Red Cadeaux. The Holy Grail though for any British trainer is The Gold Cup and the supplemented Trip to Paris, a winner of the Chester Vase in May, stamped himself as a stayer out of the top drawer with an authoritative success under a superb ride from Grand National winning jockey Graham Lee. To learn more about what this win meant to Ed and the team have a read of news on his website here.

Top Notch Tonto

One of the most popular winners this month has to be the Brian Ellison trained Top Notch Tonto who got back to winning ways in the Listed, Ian and Kate Hall Macmillan Ganton Stakes at York. Following the race Brian gave Racing UK a superb interview helpfully mentioning the benefits of training with equinITy, stating that the data collected from TNT suggested that he was in fantastic form and ready to win, encouraging him to target this particular race. June was another great month for Team Ellison and whilst the quality was provided by TNT another highlight was the extraordinary six winners produced over the three days of Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate meeting. 

Fantastic four Timer for Ed Walker

Ed Dunlop was not equinITy’s only Newmarket trainer to enjoy a red hot June with Ed Walker saddling an impressive 10 winners from just 37 runners this month. This was topped off by a fantastic across the card four timer with two winners at Newcastle and two at Doncaster later in the day.  Aeolus got the ball rolling winning the Group 3 Betfred Chipchase Stakes under a cracking ride from George Baker and then Bushcraft followed up when taking a competitive 0-100 handicap. In the evening at Doncaster Betty the Thief and Smart Salute both obliged capping off a thrilling day for all involved.

equinITy Branching Out

equinITy is not just available for racehorses. Jamie Peel, an innovative former England polo player has decided to try and improve the fitness and welfare of his ponies by developing GOW Equine which offers a range of services vital in maximising horse’s full potential. Jemma says of equinITY:

"GOW Equine has been using Equinity systems to monitor polo ponies during the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup held at Cowdray Park Polo Club. The equinity software has enabled us to monitor heart rates of each horse and allows us to see the live data. This data helps us to understand how far each horse is travelling during the game, distances range from 2000m - 3000m. We have recorded speeds of up to 39 mph and it is great to be able to see how fast the horses are travelling!"

News for April 2015

Busy beginnings.... 

We have been extremely busy this April with the launch of the new equinITy system which has stimulated a flurry of activity with the team getting out and about giving multiple demonstrations across the country. If you are interested and would like to join the demonstration queue please do get in touch.


Mubtaahij follows the Kentucky Derby with a Belmont Stakes challenge…

After his spectacular win in the UAE Derby, the Mike de Kock trained Mubtaahij made the long journey to America to contest the Kentucky Derby. It was well documented that his trip to Churchill Downs from Dubai wasn’t ideal with him staying longer at Arlington Park in Chicago than originally intended. Despite this he ran with great credit on the day against America’s finest three year olds in the first leg of the Triple Crown. He bypasses the second leg, the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, to focus on the final leg, the Belmont Stakes in New York, about which Mike stated, “The Belmont Stakes suits us best. Mubtaahij will see out the 2400m and we have more than a month to prepare him.  Mubtaahij will be more settled and he’ll be better for it, he’ll come on from his Derby run.”

His presence in America has generated lots of interest and significant intrigue in equinITy to the point that it captured the attention of the leading American sports channel ESPN who comprehensively featured the system during their pre Kentucky Derby coverage on the day of the race. You can view the coverage below and also see an article which emanated from press information distributed  in relation to Mubtaahij’s work whilst in Chicago and was picked up by America’s leading equine publications including BloodHorse and Thoroughbred Daily News, by clicking here


A four timer for Ellison..

Meanwhile on home turf the season has started in excellent fashion for Brian Ellison who notched up a Saturday 4 timer at four different tracks both on the flat and over hurdles. A fantastic achievement!


equinITy coverage...

equinITy is featured in this month’s Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine on page 86 which can also be accessed online here

News for March 2015

UAE Derby win for equinITy trained Mubtaahij...

As previously mentioned Mike de Kock has had the use of several of equinITy’s prototype devices to assist with the preparation of his Dubai World Cup runners. The night could not have gone better with a tantalising win in the UAE Derby from Mubtaahij, who came off a fast pace to win by a massive 8 lengths. He has been improving all year and has really relished Meydan’s new dirt surface, a fact that has been evident through his equinITy generated data. Having secured his place in the Kentucky Derby through his Dubai victory Mubtaahij is now being targeted at America’s ‘Run for the Roses’ at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

Mike de Kock says of equinITy:

Having used the equinITy system for a number of years I am delighted that the stride monitoring and live streaming components are now available. Access to accurate speed, heart rate and stride data via equinITy allows me to make decisions based on scientific facts as well as my instinct.

I was thrilled with Mubtaahij’s win in the UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup night. We used the new equinITy device on him in the build up to the Derby, which was a great help. Not only did he look amazing physically, but his data backed up exactly what I was seeing in front of me. His work showed that he could cruise at a high speed with a long stride length allowing him to conserve energy and thus quicken off a strong pace, which is exactly what he did on the big night.”


equinITy Down Under...

March began in a sunnier climate for Michael Naughton and Tim Jones, who made the journey to Australia to research the market there with a view to expanding equinITy’s customer base even further afield. With time of the essence it was decided to focus attention for this visit on Melbourne and Sydney. Time spent at the Yearling Sales at Inglis’s Oaklands Sale Complex proved the perfect stimulus towards numerous appointments with trainers within Victoria from Ballarat to Mornington via Flemington and Caulfield. Arrival in New South Wales coincided with racing at Randwick and visits to the training centres there, at Warwick Farm and at Rosehill. An acceptance of the importance of the role of technology in racehorse training was coupled with a real enthusiasm for the equinITy system’s simplicity and interactivity to make this a very rewarding and encouraging trip.

EQUINITY LIVE ON TRACK AT FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE

EQUINITY LIVE ON TRACK AT FLEMINGTON RACECOURSE


The Perfect Start...

The season started perfectly for equinITy’s youngest trainer Michael O’Callaghan, who has been making quite a name for himself in Ireland as the next big thing. Michael’s first season in 2014 was marked by a number of impressive winners, a theme that looks set to continue in 2015 in light of  an early two year old winner in the shape of State of Emergency, a colt by Dandy Man, who showed real guts and determination to win the first two year old race of the season at the Curragh. 2015 had already started well with confirmation that top owners Qatar Bloodstock would be joining Michael’s roster of owners. Check out April’s edition of Thoroughbred Owner Breeder where a really informative article about Michael can be found.

News for February 2015

Fine Equinity on Tour…

This month members of the equinITy team have been on tour with Amelia heading to Dubai and Tim and Michael venturing to Australia.  Amelia went to show existing customer Mike de Kock the new equinITy hardware and he was suitably impressed with the live streaming and stride monitoring functions which are now available. During the week he had two winners, Flying The Flag (pictured below) for Mary and Jessica Slack and Mr Javett and Almoonqith for Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum. These winners brought Mike’s tally up to 10 winners and over $5 million in prize money.
 

International Success…

As well as Mike de Kock in Dubai, Olly Stevens also enjoyed success abroad with Sheikh Fahad al Thani’s Burning Blaze, who travelled to St Moritz,  winning by an impressive 8 lengths under a cool ride by Jamie Spencer. You can read more about their experience of racing on the White Turf here: http://robinsfarmracing.com/news/ . Olly also couldn’t contain his pride and delight at another success for the stable as Tegan Clark won the Best Newcomer Award at the prestigious Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards. This is a huge achievement and we send Tegan many congratulations.

News for January 2015

The New Year has started in good style for equinITy trainers, read more about their winners and news about the launch of our exciting new technology which will be taking place this year...


Equine Productions New Video Coming Soon...

2015 is going to be an exciting year for Fine Equinity with the launch of the new equinITy hardware which will feature the capability to live stream data such as heart rate, speed, stride length and split times to web-enabled devices, approaching fast.

With this in mind we joined up with the fantastic Equine Productions team to film a new video for the launch.

Michael, Martin and Amelia went down to Lambourn to meet the team filming the shoot which took place on the stunning Kingsdown gallops.

equinITy and Equine Productions filming new promotional video

equinITy and Equine Productions filming new promotional video

equinITy and Equine Productions filming new promotional video

Albeit a chilly day, Equine Productions managed to create some amazing shots, and we have to say a huge thank you to jockey Tom Garner for his tireless help and also to Warren Greatrex for lending us Oscar Prairie who is making quite a name for himself as a screen idol!

Keep an eye out for the video which will be on the equinITy website soon!


A Good Start to The Year

Meanwhile January has been a good month for a number of existing equinITy trainers...

Michael O’Callaghan has started the year in tremendous fashion sending out two runners and two winners and Dan Kubler sent out his in laws’ Trimoulet to win at the newly opened Chelmsford City Racecourse. Ann Duffield, Olly Stevens and Brian Ellison have also had a few January winners, so all in all a successful start to 2015.


Dubai Wold Cup Carnival Winners for Mike de Kock

In sunnier climes, Mike de Kock has started the Dubai World Cup Carnival well with three winners in January including the immensely talented Vercingetorix bolting up first time out in the Group 2 Al Rashidiya.