Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Weir faces four-year ban

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Weir faces four-year ban

Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Weir faces four-year ban

Submissions were made on behalf of both trainers by their legal representative, with Weir not contesting the three charges issued against him under AR 175 (hh)(ii) for possession of an electric or electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of a horse; and the charge issued against him under AR175A for conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.

A five-time Melbourne premiership victor, Weir trained Prince Of Penzance to win the 2015 Melbourne Cup in a famous victory for jockey Michelle Payne.

Champion horse trainer Darren Weir, who is facing a four-year suspension, will not contest charges over banned electronic devices known as jiggers that were found in his stables.

Leading Australian trainer Darren Weir faces a lengthy ban from racing after deciding not to fight charges of possessing devices used to deliver electric shocks to horses, officials said Tuesday.

Weir, who saddled Prince of Penzance to Melbourne Cup glory four years ago, was charged by Racing Victoria (RV) stewards last Friday and faced a hearing along with his assistant trainer Jarrod McLean.

"Mr Weir was informed that this was the stewards' position before he determined not to contest the charges".

While the decision of penalty is ultimately that of the RAD Board, given the severity of the charges stewards will be seeking disqualification for a period of four years.

The jiggers were found last Wednesday during raids conducted on Weir's bases at Ballarat and Warrnambool in a joint operation between RV stewards and officers from Victoria Police's sport integrity unit.

A number of Weir-trained horses have already been transferred to other trainers ahead of the Sandown meeting including Monarch Court to Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Boomstock to Mick Price with Amerock and Signature Street now in the care of Mitchell Freedman.

Charges of failing to assist the stewards, laid against licensed foreman Tyson Kermond, will not be pursued.

In a statement issued last week, Racing NSW noted Weir had nominated several horses for the Golden Slipper, which will be held at Rosehill Racecourse on March 23, and nominations were due soon for The Championships, which will be held at Royal Randwick in April.

"The stewards note that investigations remain ongoing and that they reserve the right to act upon any new evidence that comes to hand during the course of those investigations".

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