Trainer Ronan McNally has been disqualified from Irish racing for 12 years, charged €50,000 in costs and ordered to return over €13,000 in prize-money after being found guilty of multiple sanctions by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board.
McNally was found to have conspired with fellow trainer David Dunne to conceal his ownership of Full Noise and All Class, for which, Dunne has been hit with a two-year ban for bringing racing into disrepute.
Dunne was also handed a €5,000 fine and ordered to forfeit his prize-money which was deemed to have been won by illicit means.
The rule 212 covers improvement in form, and it was under that rule that McNally’s Dreal Deal was disqualified from wins at Limerick and Navan in the autumn of 2020. The Jam Man has also been disqualified from finishing second in a Limerick race under rule 275, which covers horses who have been the subject of fraudulent practice.
McNally must forfeit €13,400 in prize-money while Dunne must hand over €27,000 to for winnings achieved with All Class and Full Noise.
In a report published by the IHRB on Tuesday, it stated, “The committee regards the findings against Mr McNally as very serious. His offences strike at the integrity and the objective of having a level playing field for all who send horses out to race. They also involved a deception of the public, especially the betting public.”