Wednesday RAD Board date for Darren Weir

Wednesday RAD Board date for Darren Weir

Wednesday RAD Board date for Darren Weir

Investigators raiding Weir's stables in Ballarat last week.

The name of champion Victorian trainer Darren Weir is missing from acceptances for upcoming meetings ahead of a show cause hearing to determine whether he should be allowed to continue training.

Nor will he fight against the charge issued against him for conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.

Racing Victoria stewards say they will seek a four-year disqualification.

He has also been charged with conduct prejudicial to the image of racing.

"Given the severity of the charges, stewards will be seeking disqualification for a period of four years", said a Racing Victoria statement. He will not be permitted to accept with any horses that he has nominated.

The objective of a jigger is to shock a horse in training and then simulate the action on race day to make a horse think it is about to be shocked again. Until last week, he had more than 600 horses on his books with that number dwindling as owners begin transferring them to other trainers amid uncertainty over their autumn programs.

The 48-year-old Australian stated that he will not contest three charges brought against him - including having electronic apparatus, known as "jiggers", which can affect the performance of horses.

Weir's assistant, licensed trainer Jarrod McLean, will fight a charge relating to a jigger found on his premises with no date set for his hearing.

He will, however, be allowed to nominate and accept horses for races and official trials.

Racing Victoria's executive general manager - integrity, Jamie Stier said: "This is a complex matter, and the stewards were determined to be thorough and give due consideration to the submissions made, their legal advice and the ongoing investigations".

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. "He has advised the stewards that he will not contest those charges which have drawn considerable negative publicity to the sport", he said.

Stewards, who told Weir they would be seeking to disqualify him for four years, said they would ask the RAD Board to hear the case against him as soon as possible.

Regarding McLean, significant conditions were also imposed until the RAD Board has heard and determined the charges.

Monday's hearing was held before a panel of three, headed by chief steward Robert Cram along with deputy chairman of the stewards panel Rob Montgomery and Corie Waller, a senior steward.

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