Darren Weir disqualified for four years

Darren Weir has been banned for four years

Darren Weir has been banned for four years

Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir has been disqualified for four years by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board, following revelations he had been using electrical devices known as jiggers.

The other charge was for conduct prejudicial to the image of racing.

The RAD Board, headed by chair Judge John Bowman, heard that the three jiggers were discovered in the master bedroom of Weir's property at Forest Lodge. "You are a 48-year-old man who has completed a rags-to-riches rise in the racing world".

'You rose from the depths to be Australia's leading trainer. All of this makes your fall even sadder.

He indicated the case had tarnished the achievements of the Melbourne Cup winning trainer who will now have a very different legacy.

Mr Bowman said Weir would now be remembered for his association with "instruments of cruelty" and "high level cheating".

Racing Victoria's lawyer, Jeff Gleeson QC, said someone of Weir's standing, who could not explain why they had jiggers in their possession, required disqualification.

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Assistant trainer Jarrod McLean will contest some of the charges he faces.

Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's executive general manager of integrity, said: "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".

On Friday, stewards ordered all horses trained by Weir to be scrapped from the weekend races.

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.

November, 2013 - Fined $2000 after a security guard arrived at his Ballarat stable to monitor VRC sprint hopeful Platelet, only to find the horse had been transferred to Weir's Warrnambool base without stewards' knowledge.

Until last week Weir, a five-time Melbourne premier trainer and the victor of the 2015 Melbourne Cup with Prince of Penzance, 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.

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