Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Weir facing four-year ban

Florence Fletcher
February 7, 2019

The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will ultimately decide on the penalty, with Weir indicating he will not fight the charges, however the RAD Board can either reduce or extend the penalty upon hearing the submissions from Weir's legal counsel and the stewards' legal counsel.

Weir was charged with three counts of possession of apparatus created to deliver an electric shock, failure to give evidence at an inquiry, failure to comply with a direction of the stewards and conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.

RV said until the RAD Board hearing, which could be this week, Weir won't be allowed to enter or race any horses as a trainer or owner.

While Weir did not contest the charges, principally that he was found in possession of electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of a horse, fellow trainer Jarrod McLean will fight a similar case.

Trainer Darren Weir is facing a four-year ban for possessing jiggers, devices used to shock horses.

Weir was arrested on January 30 with two other men as the Australian Federal Police and the Ballarat Divisional Response Unit carried out warrants on Weir's properties in Warrnambool and Miners Rest, near Ballarat.

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Weir's business manager Mick Leonard, who holds a trainer's licence, has been approved as caretaker but only to oversee the trackwork and care of the horses, not to race them in his name.

After deliberating, the stewards will now request that the RAD Board hear and determine the charges laid against Weir at the earliest opportunity, but due to the severity of the charges, stewards will be seeking a four-year disqualification, of which Weir was appraised prior to deciding not to contest the charges.

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

Last week, Weir had more than 600 horses on his books but by Tuesday afternoon that was down to 431 as owners move their stock elsewhere to continue their preparations.

McLean will contest the charges he faces, while stable employee Tyson Kermond will not face any action after charges of failing to assist the stewards were not pursued.

"They [the stewards] would've considered the significance of the charges, the reputation of racing - and let's be clear: there's three charges in relation to electronic apparatus, and one relating to the reputation and integrity of the sport", Stier told RSN 927's Racing Pulse on Tuesday morning.

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