Published: Sat, February 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Racing Victoria set to decide on Darren Weir licence

Racing Victoria set to decide on Darren Weir licence

RV opened the inquiry on Thursday, a day after they and Victoria Police officers from the sports integrity unit raided his stables at Warrnambool and Ballarat where they found the jiggers created to give a horse an electric shock.

Leading trainer Tom Dabernig has questioned the recent success of Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir in light of recent investigations into his training practices where police found jiggers on his property following a raid.

Weir and McLean began a phone hook-up with stewards at 4pm in a bid to continue training.

The raids were part of a joint investigation between police and Racing Victoria that has been running since August.

Racing Victoria stewards say they are obtaining legal advice and will provide an update on Friday.

"The stewards also have significant concerns regarding the negative adverse publicity relating to police involvement in relation to Mr Weir and Mr McLean's training activities is having on public confidence in racing".

His assistant, licensed trainer Jarrod Weir who runs the Warrnambool stable, have both been charged with possession of the devices, commonly known as jiggers, which are created to give a horse an electric shock.

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McLean faces four charges of a similar nature with just one charge of possession of a "jigger" while Kermond faced two charges for failing to give evidence at the inquiry.

And Racing NSW says it has issued Weir a show cause notice, ordering him to explain why he should be allowed to keep racing in the state.

Michelle Payne and trainer Darren Weir.

Weir has around 600 horses across his stables.

It was subsequently announced on Friday that - following Weir's arrest and release without charge after search warrants acted upon by Victoria Police at two properties - he and McLean were both issued show-cause notices over the possible suspensions of their licences and refusal of entries.

"We support Racing Victoria and the Stewards but the decision to scratch horses so late and close to the commencement of racing tonight has inconvenienced people unreasonably and unnecessarily", Munz said.

Several Weir-trained horses are due to race in Victoria over the weekend. It is used in training and the action is simulated on race day so the horse believes it is about to be shocked.

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