Darren Weir enters horses for Caulfield


Darren Weir will return to Racing Victoria offices on Wednesday morning to face his six charges before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

"If a horse is pushing itself to the absolute limit because it knows it's going to get a taser up the date because of people like Darren weir and the freaks he works with - if Racing Victoria thinks four years is an adequate penalty they have got rocks in their head".

Weir and his assistant, licensed trainer Jarrod McLean, have been charged over the jiggers and with failing to answer stewards' questions.

Submissions were made on behalf of both trainers by their legal representative, with Weir not contesting the three charges issued against him under AR 175 (hh)(ii) for possession of an electric or electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of a horse; and the charge issued against him under AR175A for conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.

Australian Trainers' Association President Robbie Griffiths hopes the exit of Darren Weir from training ranks will not make it tougher to attract new clients into racing.

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.

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.

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During the procedure the duo was asked to argue why they should continue to be allowed to enter and run horses pending the outcome of the hearing, which began last Friday via telephone hook-up.

A five-time Melbourne premiership victor, Weir gained global fame as the trainer of 2015 Melbourne Cup victor Prince Of Penzance.

His biggest win has been the 2015 Melbourne Cup with Prince Of Penzance.

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

In a statement issued last week, Racing NSW noted Weir had nominated several horses for the Golden Slipper, which will be held at Rosehill Racecourse on March 23, and nominations were due soon for The Championships, which will be held at Royal Randwick in April.

"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".