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Greyhound Racing Track Lure Systems—Acoustical Measurements within and Adjacent to the Starting Boxes

by 1,†, 1,†, 1,*,†, 1,†, 2,† and 2,†
1
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Technology Sydney, P.O. Box 123, Broadway, Ultimo, NSW 2007, Australia
2
Covey Associates Pty. Ltd., P.O. Box 16, Maroochydore, QLD 4558, Australia
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Academic Editor: Salvatore Brischetto
Received: 19 September 2021 / Revised: 30 September 2021 / Accepted: 1 October 2021 / Published: 11 October 2021
This study investigates and compares the acoustic signatures of a traditional wire-cable-pulled lure system and two alternative battery-operated lure systems jointly developed by Covey Associates Pty. Ltd. and Steriline Pty. Ltd. to eliminate the hazardous steel-wire cable and make the sport of greyhound racing safer for greyhounds, participants and spectators. The acoustical measurements of these three lure systems were conducted at the Murray Bridge greyhound racing track. The lure sounds were measured by the high-frequency Brüel & Kjær (B&K) Type 4191 microphones for the 395 m and 455 m starts at two positions: within the starting box and on the track adjacent to the starting boxes. The measurements capture the sounds that the greyhounds hear before and after the opening of the starting box gate. The frequency-domain analysis and sound quality analysis were conducted to compare the lure sounds. It was found when the battery-lure was installed with all nylon rollers, it presented less sound energy and lower frequency than the traditional wire-cable-pulled lure. When two of the nylon rollers were replaced with steel rollers, the battery-operated lure emitted a louder and higher frequency sound than the traditional wire-cable-pulled lure. The different acoustic characteristics of these lure systems suggest future research is warranted on the reaction of greyhounds to different lure sounds, particularly their excitement level within the starting box as the lure approaches. This initial research also suggests some greyhounds may not clearly hear the battery-operated lure with all nylon rollers approaching the starting boxes and the timing of these greyhounds to jump may be delayed, particularly during high wind conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: greyhound racing; cable-less lure; battery-operated lure system; wire-cable-pulled lure system; Covey Associates; Steriline Racing; Safechase; jerk; greyhound welfare; greyhound safety greyhound racing; cable-less lure; battery-operated lure system; wire-cable-pulled lure system; Covey Associates; Steriline Racing; Safechase; jerk; greyhound welfare; greyhound safety
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Eager, D.; Halkon, B.; Zhou, S.; Walker, P.; Covey, K.; Braiden, S. Greyhound Racing Track Lure Systems—Acoustical Measurements within and Adjacent to the Starting Boxes. Technologies 2021, 9, 74. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/technologies9040074

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Eager D, Halkon B, Zhou S, Walker P, Covey K, Braiden S. Greyhound Racing Track Lure Systems—Acoustical Measurements within and Adjacent to the Starting Boxes. Technologies. 2021; 9(4):74. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/technologies9040074

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Eager, David, Benjamin Halkon, Shilei Zhou, Paul Walker, Kevin Covey, and Stephen Braiden. 2021. "Greyhound Racing Track Lure Systems—Acoustical Measurements within and Adjacent to the Starting Boxes" Technologies 9, no. 4: 74. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/technologies9040074

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