Wednesday RAD Board date for Darren Weir

Wednesday RAD Board date for Darren Weir

Wednesday RAD Board date for Darren Weir

Weir has been charged with six offences under the rules of racing, with three of the charges relating to the use of jiggers - an electronic device which deliver an electric shock to affect the performance of a horse.

Racing Victoria's executive general manager of integrity Jamie Stier said stewards would push for a sentence that reflected the severity of Weir's charges.

His assistant, licensed trainer Jarrod McLean, will fight a charge of possessing a jigger and will be allowed to train until the outcome of a Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board hearing is held.

Darren Weir is seen departing the Victorian Racing Club's headquarters during after a show cause hearing in Melbourne.

Weir was asked to front an RV panel and demonstrate why he should be allowed to retain a training licence after being issued with a show cause notice following Wednesday's raids.

Stewards have recommended Weir be handed a four-year disqualification from racing but the RAD board has the power to issue penalties higher or lower than the stewards' recommendation.

The two were also charged with failing to answer questions at the opening of a Racing Victoria stewards inquiry on Thursday, the day after they and officers from the Victoria Police sports integrity unit raided Weir's stables at Ballarat and Warrnambool.

He won't contest the charges against him related to the discovery of jiggers at his stables, and conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.

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Several horses have already been transferred, with former Weir-trained horses Extra Brut and Thunder Cloud running in a trial at Cranbourne on Monday as they began their preparation under new trainer Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

In the meantime, Weir is not permitted to operate as a trainer nor owner.

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

The pair left through a side exit of the RV building without speaking to the media.

Charges against a third man, Tyson Kermond, of failing to assist the stewards will not be pursued.

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

Stewards have placed significant conditions on McLean until his case is heard including not being allowed to take any horses that were trained by Weir before January 30.

Weir is one of Australia's top trainers and claimed a landmark victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup when Michelle Payne won aboard Prince Of Penzance, became the first female jockey to win the race.

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