THE world’s first racing simulator has been invented by a Tarporley company.
Bill Greenwood of Racewood has developed the world’s first racing simulator for professional jockeys.
The super simulator will eventually imitate real-life racing conditions at every major racecourse around the world.
Mr Greenwood who has spent 17 years evolving the state-of-the-art machine, says it’s the only simulator that addresses the psychology of racing.
He said: “This is an incredibly sophisticated machine which is designed to exercise jockeys’ brains as well as their muscles. It reacts to every move they make and accurately reflects the impact of their decisions in a real race environment.
“Jockeys will always walk a course before a race to get a feel for the conditions on the day … now by using the simulator they can also practice riding it, in advance, time after time, until they perfect their racing strategies.
“The simulator presents major advantages to young jockeys who may be riding a course for the first time,” added Bill.
The simulator contains a complicated series of sensors that provide jockeys with instant feedback. It can react in more than 40,000 ways for every racecourse a jockey chooses to ride.
The new model has been designed to address a jockey’s technique, whether that’s being able to shorten the reins, keeping the horse’s balance or using the whip correctly and in rhythm with the horse’s stride.
A computerised screen allows them to monitor their progress through a field of other racers and riders from stalls to finishing line.
Electronic processing units let the simulator accurately reflect different ground and weather conditions and the racing lines being taken by jockeys.
Professional jockey Alan Munro, said: “It tests your balance, strength and fitness and reacts extremely closely to a real horse in a race situation. Tactically it’s also hard to win which is realistic.