British racecourses are exploring legal action against the companies flying drones on behalf of professional in-running bettors, with Brighton executive director Paul Ellison stating on Tuesday he expects litigation will be taken.

Three of the large devices – which cost in the region of £20,000 to £30,000, require a licence to fly and have to be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority – could be seen flying over the course throughout the eight-race card.

But despite the drones beaming pictures to professional gamblers looking to gain an edge, something that directly infringes the racecourse’s media rights, courses have struggled to stop the practice.

“We’ve got a drone group between all the racecourses and at some point we’ll look to litigate against the main companies that are doing it,” revealed Ellison.

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