Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
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Electric shocks: Champion Australia horse trainer faces ban over shock devices

Electric shocks: Champion Australia horse trainer faces ban over shock devices

The jiggers were found when stewards and officers from Victoria Police's sports integrity unit raided Weir's stables at Ballarat and Warrnambool on Wednesday last week and arrested the pair.

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

At a hearing with Racing Victoria, Mr Weir, 48, said he would not contest three charges brought against him.

Stewards opened the hearing on Friday and withdrew all Weir-trained horses from race meetings over the weekend and those of Jarrod McLean, his assistant who is also a licensed trainer and charged with similar offences.

Legal representatives from RV and the two trainers worked on reaching an agreement throughout Monday after Weir and McLean arrived at RV headquarters shortly before 2pm.

McLean, who is also a Group I-winning trainer with the team he operates independently of Weir, will continue fighting the charge against him of possession of an electric or electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of a horse and the charge of conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.

"When you see the number one looking at four years it's a massive story no matter what the charge was for".

Weir has nominations across Thursday, Friday and Saturday's racing, and Stier clarified that owners of those horses can still compete in those races as long as they complete the necessary stable transfer paperwork prior to acceptances.

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.

Charges against Tyson Kermond of failing to assist stewards will not be pursued.

"They [the stewards] would've considered the significance of the charges, the reputation of racing - and let's be clear: there's three charges in relation to electronic apparatus, and one relating to the reputation and integrity of the sport", Stier told RSN 927's Racing Pulse on Tuesday morning.

"To that end, stewards have requested that the RAD Board expedite the hearing of Mr. Weir's charges at which point they will be seeking a four-year disqualification".

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

RV said until the RAD Board hearing, which could be this week, Weir won't be allowed to enter or race any horses as a trainer or owner.

"The stewards note that investigations remain ongoing and that they reserve the right to act upon any new evidence that comes to hand during the course of those investigations".

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