Analyse race performance

This unit of competency specifies the outcomes required to conduct procedures related to pre and post-race checks of a range of written documentation and audio or visual records to analyse race performance. It requires knowledge of rules of racing, training practices, track design and ratings, and verbal and written communication skills to ensure adequate gathering of information. It also requires an ability to work with other team members in order to verify factors that may affect animal performance.This unit of competency operates in workplace environments of racing administration, stables, racecourses and public areas. Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing is strictly regulated throughout Australia. All stewards are appointed under the rules of racing by the relevant racing controlling body. All handicappers are officials appointed by racing licensing bodies. For this reason enrolment in this unit of competency is restricted to people currently employed as a stipendiary or cadet steward or those who have been approved by a State Principal Racing Authority to undertake this unit.


This unit of competency supports stipendiary stewards, race handicappers, and other nominated persons in determining, collecting and organising information to effectively analyse race performances of greyhounds and harness or thoroughbred horses.

Competencies attained in this unit apply to the greyhound, harness or thoroughbred code of the industry. Consequently when performance criteria are applied they will relate to the greyhound code or the harness code or the thoroughbred code, and statements of attainment for this unit will reflect this distinction.

This unit can be contextualised for other industries while also maintaining the integrity of the unit.

Elements and Performance Criteria



Read and interpret form.

1. Industry jargon and abbreviations used to describe action and performance are interpreted.

2. Reports on trackwork, trial and race performance are interpreted from a range of sources.

3. Speed maps are interpreted and prepared using specified software.

Identify factors that can affect racing performance.

4. Track shape and design features are assessed for their impact on performance.

5. Track surfaces are assessed for their impact on performance.

6. Level of education and experience of the horse are evaluated for their impact on performance.

7. Position in field during various stages of trackwork, trial or race is evaluated for advantage or disadvantage to race outcome.

Analyse performance in trackwork, trials and races.

8. Animals are identified by barrier or box number, race or rug colours, and race number.

9. Position of individual animals during various stages of performance is identified.

10. Interference during a performance is identified.

11. Loss or gaining of ground during a performance can be identified.

12. Other incidents during performance can be identified and explained.

13. Reports on performance are presented in verbal and written form.

Required Skills

Required skills

communicating with stewards, racing officials, and licensed and registered personnel using assertive communication techniques to gather, interpret and relay information related to analysing race performance

identifying industry requirements associated with trackwork, trialling and racing operations, including approved gear, saddlery or harness, and race or rug colours

identifying individual animals by brand, colour, sex, and leg and face markings

identifying fair and legal race strategies by observation of live racing or video examples

providing clear and concise reports on race performance in verbal and written formats

reading and interpreting workplace documentation and rules of racing

relating to people from a range of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds and with varying physical and mental abilities

recognising rapid alterations in an animal's position in race field

teamwork skills to ensure completion of job tasks

using video and DVD recording and re-play devices

visual acuity to identify colours and individual animals

written communication skills to complete workplace documentation and reports.

Required knowledge

communication procedures, including reporting lines within the workplace and wider racing industry

effect of track conditions and ratings, course layout and rail placement on animal performance

factors that affect greyhound or racehorse performance

greyhound or horse's normal action and impaired action at different gaits and stages of exercise at critical control points during a race, including signs of fatigue or injury

industry terminology related to race performance and wider racing industry

procedures for operation and maintenance of equipment and technology

race form, class structure and track ratings

racing industry safety requirements, including safe operating procedures

greyhound or racehorse markings

relevant rules of racing

rules of racing relating to riders, drivers and trainers of animals involved in trackwork, trials and races.

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to workplace operations and satisfy all of the requirements of the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge and the range statement of this unit and include evidence of the following:

knowledge of the requirements, procedures and instructions that are to apply when analysing race performance

demonstration in identifying effects on individual racing and trialling greyhounds or horses, including placement at beginning of race, changes in pace, position in running, and other factors affecting race performance

implementation of procedures and timely techniques for the safe, effective and efficient application of race analysis duties

working with others to undertake and complete the required procedures that meet required outcomes.

Evidence should be collected over a period of time in a range of race meeting relevant contexts, and include dealings with an appropriate range of situations.

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Competency must be assessed in a racing workplace that provides access to the required resources. Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints. It is to comply with relevant regulatory requirements or Australian Standards requirements.

Assessment of the practical components of this unit will be by observation of relevant skills.

The following resources must be available:

a variety of race meetings and training tracks

materials and equipment relevant to assessing candidate's ability to analyse race performance, including:

stewards' reports

race form

race books

videos and DVDs

work instructions and related documentation.

Method of assessment

Assessment methods must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the Racing Training Package.

The suggested strategies for the assessment of this unit are:

written and/or oral assessment of candidate's required knowledge

observed, documented and firsthand testimonial evidence of candidate's application of practical tasks

case studies covering a range of strategies and involving video footage from actual races, accompanied by race documentation such as form guides and stewards' reports.

Evidence is required to be demonstrated over a period of time, therefore where performance is not directly observed any evidence should be authenticated by supervisors or other appropriate persons, at least one of whom should be approved by the State Principal Racing Authority.

This unit may be assessed in a holistic way with other units of competency relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role.

Guidance information for assessment

Assessment methods should reflect workplace demands (e.g. literacy and numeracy demands) and the needs of particular target groups (e.g. people with disabilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, people with a language background other than English, youth and people from low socioeconomic backgrounds).

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.

The range statement provides details of how this competency can be used in the workplaces of the racing industry to analyse race performance. Workplaces include greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racecourses, training tracks and administration buildings.

Stewards oversee the conduct of all racing-related activities within the responsibilities and powers described under the rules of racing. The conditions under which this unit is delivered and assessed must take into consideration these powers and responsibilities. These powers and responsibilities are further described in the rules of racing for the relevant racing code. It is strongly recommended that training facilitators and learners refer to these powers and responsibilities as part of the range of conditions for all units covered in the steward specialist area of the Training Package.

Speed maps may be prepared through use of:

form guides

race books and other form reviews, including:

video replays of races, trials or trackwork

stewards' reports.

Level of education and experience may include:

class or grading of race

driver or rider error and experience

greyhound or horse's age

number of race starts and trial starts

variety of tracks and track conditions.

Situations where animals are identified include:

at race meetings

during trackwork

via video replays.

Interference may constitute:


crossing another greyhound or horse

fighting (greyhounds)



taking the running.

Other incidents may include:

careless riding

changes in strategies

failure to pursue the lure (greyhounds)

gear usage

injury in running

lack of race fitness

missing the start.


Unit Sector

Greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing codes

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills.

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor