Flockton appeal fails

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Kenneth Richardson yesterday lost an appeal against his conviction for masterminding one of the most famous swindles in racing history - the swapping of two-year-old Flockton Grey for an almost identical three- year-old at Leicester in 1982. The "ringer" came in 20 lengths ahead of the field at 10-1.

The Court of Appeal rejected a challenge by Richardson and two associates, Colin Mathison and Peter Boddy, against a 1984 jury verdict that they were guilty of conspiring to defraud bookmakers.

Richardson stood to gain pounds 36,000 from the coup, but instead was given a nine-month suspended sentence and fined pounds 20,000 at the original trial.