Published: Fri, February 08, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Top trainer gets four-year ban

Top trainer gets four-year ban

Weir, who trained 2015 Cup victor Prince of Penzance, was handed the ban following dramatic police raids on several rural properties last week, including the veteran trainer's stables.

The hearing was told three jiggers were found in the trainer's master bedroom at Ballarat.

"Mr Weir will not be permitted to participate in the racing industry in any way over the four-year period, including, but not limited to his participation in the training of horses, attending race meetings and licensed premises and deriving any benefit from the industry", RV's executive general manager integrity Jamie Stier said.

The board ultimately landed on a four-year ban, which starts immediately.

Weir could not offer an explanation on their discovery.

"You are a 48-year-old man who completed a rags to riches rise in the racing world", Bowman told Weir.

He said Weir felt bad about the situation and his decision not to contest the charges showed his remorse.

"You rose from the depths of the Mallee (region) to be Australia's leading trainer".

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While there was no claim in the charges that Weir used the devices, the fact that they would be seen as "cruel" and were prohibited because their use could facilitate cheating would certainly constitute conduct prejudicial to the interests of racing.

Gleeson said the location of the devices was telling.

"There is no basis in which you can infer lack of knowledge of the items [or]. confusion of the rules. you can only reasonably infer that he was aware of the existence of these devices on the property, you can only reasonably infer he was aware of the existence of the rule, the gravity of the breach. and the consequences of the image for him and racing if he was caught and convicted".

"Locating those devices in a master bedroom indicate a desire to hide those items from stewards".

Consequently the three-man RAD Board panel of judges, led by chairman John Bowman, required little time to agree that the charges were proven.

"He's seen other matters drag on costing millions of dollars to the industry".

Co-accused Jarrod McLean will appear before the RAD Board on four charges relating to a jigger on his property at Yangery.

"I look forward to training for many years to come".

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