Connolly Banned Until 2020

Ben Connolly, former racing manager to suspended trainer Ciaron Maher, has been banned from any involvement in racing until January 2020 for his involvement in an ownership scandal involving Group 1 winner Azkadellia (NZ) (Shinko King {Ire}) and four other horses, according to Racing.com. Connolly had been the owner on record for the five horses, and in 2014 Maher became aware, and reported to stewards, that there was other potential involvement in the horses included convicted conman Peter Foster and his niece Arabella Foster. Connolly failed to rectify the situation and in 2016 stewards slapped the horses with a ban from racing which still stands. The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board also on Monday revoked the estimated A$241,000 earned by the five horses in racing in Victoria, and it is expected other racing jurisdictions will follow suit.

Connolly had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of improper and dishonest conduct and giving misleading evidence. Maher, who last month pleaded guilty to charges of conduct prejudicial to racing’s image, was suspended six months.

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