A bookmaker from Ireland lost a High Court challenge in order to try and change rules with regards to how operators are given pitched in premium areas of racecourses. The father of Brian Graham was the person who established the Sean Graham Bookmakers high street and on-course betting chain. He also claimed that the changes negatively affected his rights to a good financial standing with regards to taking wagers at racecourse.
The new rules allow for slots in premium areas of racecourses to be rotated among eligible companies as well as linked to seniority.
Justice Deidre Murphy dismissed the application for a judicial review after a decision was made in Demeber 2016 by the Pitch Tribunal. This Tribunal was set up by the Irish National Professional Bookmakers Association (INPBA) as well as the Association of Irish Racecourses in order to find a resolution to pitch disputes. Graham’s initial appeal was dismissed by the Pitch Tribunal.
Murphy has stated that as the Pitch Tribunal’s decisions were made in a private law setting, it was not open to judicial reveiw. The Judge said that Graham wrongly stated that he was the holder of an on-course betting permit when it was his mother.