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Enhanced weather and forecasting data available for 2021 QIPCO Guineas Festival

Article 21st April 2021 Newmarket

Newmarket Racecourse is collaborating with leading weather forecasting and analysis company Weatherquest and long-time partner TurfTrax to provide participants and racing fans with up-to-date and bespoke forecasting and analysis from today via dedicated and easy to access web portals.


The services will give participants and racing fans who will be watching the QIPCO Guineas Festival from home access to the latest and most accurate forecasts and weather data to assist in their running plans and enjoyment of the meeting.


The portal provided by Norwich-based private forecasters Weatherquest is now available here. It will be updated each morning at 6:30am to give a detailed forecast and outlook until Sunday 2nd May.


A bespoke four-day video forecast will also be published via Newmarket’s YouTube and social media channels on the afternoon of Wednesday 28 April.


To complement this service, Newmarket is once again working with TurfTrax to provide the “WeatherTrax Live” service, which shows live data from the course including rainfall, wind speed & direction, soil moisture content and rails positions and is available alongside the official going map here.


Michael Prosser Clerk of the Course at Newmarket Racecourses, said: “We’re pleased to be able to provide more sophisticated and up-to-date data than ever before as we build up to the 2021 QIPCO Guineas Festival.


“With the expertise and experience of Weatherquest and our long-time partners TurfTrax we should be able to cater for all levels of interest, whether they be participants or racing fans, in an easily accessible and easy-to-understand format.”


Chris Bell, Meteorologist at Weatherquest said: “Weatherquest are proud to be supplying Newmarket Racecourse with weather forecasting services in support of this year's events. Weatherquest has over a decade of experience providing weather services to the horseracing industry and we look forward to building a strong relationship with Newmarket Racecourse” 


Mike Maher, Managing Director of Cambridgeshire-based technology company, TurfTrax, said: “We are delighted to extend our long-standing association with Newmarket Racecourses with the introduction of WeatherTrax Live at the QIPCO Guineas Festival.


“WeatherTrax Live was very well received when it was first used at Newmarket at last year’s Moët & Chandon July Festival, and we look forward to continuing to play our part in the provision of enhanced weather data at one of British racing’s most important fixtures for participants and those watching from home on ITV or RacingTV.”


Newmarket Pattern and Listed Race Book

The 2021 Newmarket Pattern and Listed Race Book is also now available to view via Newmarket’s website. The book lists all Black Type races due to be run across The Rowley Mile and the July Course this year and can be viewed here.


About The Jockey Club

One of the largest sports businesses operating in the UK today (2019 turnover: £216.5 million), The Jockey Club is at the heart of so many aspects of Britain’s second-biggest spectator sport. We run 15 of the UK’s leading racecourses – large and local, where we’re charged with looking after some of the nation’s biggest events, including the Randox Grand National at Aintree, The Festival™ supporting WellChild at Cheltenham, The Cazoo Derby Festival at Epsom Downs and the QIPCO Guineas Festival in Newmarket. We welcome thousands of racehorses a year to our training centres in Newmarket, Lambourn and Epsom. We run The National Stud in Newmarket and our charity, Racing Welfare, makes help available to all of racing’s people. We are governed by Royal Charter to act for the long-term benefit of British Racing and our Patron is Her Majesty The Queen.


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About Weatherquest

Weatherquest Ltd is a Weather Forecasting, Consultancy and Analytics company headquartered at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. Weatherquest provides a full range of operational weather services to our clients, 7 days a week, primarily in the Transport, Renewable Energy, Water, Food, Media and Leisure sectors. It's our aim to be an "umbrella for your Business".


About TurfTrax

TurfTrax is a global leader in the design and implementation of innovative data products for the horseracing industry, combining data to create knowledge and insight for the industry.


The British Horseracing Authority rules require every racecourse in Great Britain to use the TurfTrax GoingStick. The company also installs and operates Going Mapping and Weather Systems and its international customers include, France Galop, Deutscher Galopp, Dubai Racing Club, Saudi Cup, Breeders Cup, California Horseracing Board, Churchill Downs Inc., New York Racing Association, Woodbine Ent. Group, Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Australian Turf Club, Racing Victoria, Racing Queensland and Racing and Wagering Western Australia.



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