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Judgement goes in favour of Amalgamated Racing

August 4, 2009 2009

Alphameric Plc has shared that the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal against a High Court verdict related to its joint venture Amalgamated Racing Ltd.

Last year, Amalgamated successfully defended proceedings in the High Court over allegations that it had acquired certain media rights by violating UK competition law and the EC Treaty, Alphameric said in a statement. The claimants petitioned against the High Court’s decision and the matter came before the appeals court in May. Alphameric is a 50% shareholder in Amalgamated, its joint venture with Racecourse Media Services Ltd.

Bookmakers William Hill, Ladbrokes and Bookmakers’ Afternoon Gaming Services had claimed that Turf TV, run by Alphameric Gaming and Racecourse Media Services Ltd (RMS), itself owned by companies representing 31 of Britain’s 59 racecourses, was the product of an illegal cartel under both UK and European competition law. It has been highlighted that the bookmakers themselves have an interest in SIS FACTS, the successor to SIS, which held the sole rights to TV within licensed betting offices for 20 years until 2007. The bookmakers also had concerns over Turf TV’s pricing structure.

Betfred, which was involved in the 2008 case, settled out of court and in April signed a five-year agreement with Turf TV.

Produced for licensed betting offices in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, The Turf TV betting channel features exclusive live coverage from most of the premier events and festivals in the British Horse Racing Calendar, selected international racing events and is coupled with a complimentary suite of virtual events.


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