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Multiple news outlets are reporting that Darren Weir has elected not to contest the charges brought against him by Racing Victoria, and has subsequently been disqualified by the sport for four years.
The ABC is reporting that four ‘jiggers’ – an outlawed electronic shock device for horses – were found in Weir’s bedroom, with their location suggesting to the disciplinary hearing he had attempted to hide them.
Michael Lynch of the Sydney Morning Herald reported that three members of the four-member panel agreed on a four-year ban, while the other actually wanted a more severe five-year suspension.
Racing Victoria counsel QC Jeff Gleeson slammed Weir’s conduct for “diminish[ing] the image of racing.”
“He’s a champion trainer of one of the biggest stables in the world.
“With reputation and privilege comes responsibility.”
It is also understood that roughly 70 horses from Weir’s stables have been confiscated, while criminal charges against Weir – after he was also found to have a firearm and cocaine at the premises – are still a possibility.
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