THE use of data in horse racing and the general reluctance of the sport and its participants to embrace new data is something I’ve visited before, with the decision of the BHA to make breathing operations notifiable at the start of last year inevitably leading to the sort of debate which has me banging my head against a wall.

Many of those against the introduction of new data make a presumption of how that data will be used, which I like to think of as the ‘silver-bullet presumption’.