Darren Weir facing four-year ban, won't contest charges

Jockey Michelle Payne and trainer Darren Weir of Australia hold up their Melbourne Cups after winning the race on Prince of Penzance at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne in 2015

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

"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".

Weir fronts the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary on Wednesday as Racing Victoria stewards seek to have a four-year disqualification ratified.

"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.

Weir last week was issued with a show cause notice by Racing NSW to explain to the neighbouring state's racing body why he should not be disciplined after the Victoria allegations emerged.

"He was legally represented, and his legal representatives put forward all the relevant positions".

At a hearing by Racing Victoria late Monday, Weir said he would not contest three charges of possessing the Taser-like "jiggers", which are used to prompt a horse to perform better on the track.

McLean has five nominations for Friday night's card at The Valley, while his Group One victor Trap For Fools is nominated for Saturday's Group Three Carlyon Cup (1600m).

If Monday's show cause hearing goes against Weir, the horses entered for Saturday will have to be transferred in order to run.

Weir has decided not to contest charges relating to the possession of jiggers and on Tuesday there were reports he will cop a four-year ban.

"Until such time as the RAD Board convenes to hear and determine Mr Weir's charges, the stewards have imposed strict conditions on his licence that ensure he is not permitted to enter or race any horses as a trainer or owner".

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 was sensationally arrested in a swoop by police at his Ballarat stables last Wednesday, but was later released without charge.

Officers also located an unregistered firearm and a small amount of cocaine while searching the properties.



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