Trainer Francis Finnegan has been found guilty by the Victorian Racing Tribunal of the two charges he contested over the concealed identity of horse No Frontiers.
The charges relate to a jumpout at Cranbourne on April 20 last year when No Frontiers, who was ridden by Ben Thompson, participated, as well as a Three-Year-Old Maiden race at Bairnsdale on May 3, which No Frontiers won.
In their decision released on Friday, the VRT said it was satisfied that Finnegan had run No Frontiers in a jumpout at Cranbourne on March 23 under the name of Avozinha and then in jumpouts on April 6 and April 20 under the name of Getemhel.
It is asserted that you undertook this conduct so as to test the ability of No Frontiers and conceal that ability from the broader betting public, the VRT said in its ruling.
This was in order to make a profit from betting. It is alleged that this constitutes dishonest, fraudulent, improper, and dishonorable action or practice. We agree.
That you did make a profit is indisputable. The bets were placed in accounts in your wife's name. We would add that she is a licensed stablehand and trackwork rider. Her normal bets are in the order of $100. She had $3000 on the horse.