Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Weir faces four-year ban

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After a show cause hearing on Monday, Racing Victoria stewards issued a statement saying they would seek a four-year disqualification with Weir indicating he would not contest charges over the three jiggers found in his stable.

Weir was charged with three counts of possession of apparatus created to deliver an electric shock, failure to give evidence at an inquiry, failure to comply with a direction of the stewards and conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.

"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 was at RV Headquarters in Flemington for nearly 12 hours on Monday at his show-cause hearing where he lost his right to train pending the outcome of the upcoming RAD Board hearing.

The dismantling of Australia's biggest racing operation is underway with Darren Weir's glittering career in tatters over illegal devices known as jiggers found in his stable.

Victoria Police seized four electric devices, known within the racing circuit as "jiggers" and which are outlawed, at the 2015 Melbourne Cup winner's stables on January 30.

A number of Weir-trained horses have already been transferred to other trainers ahead of the Sandown meeting including Monarch Court to Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Boomstock to Mick Price with Amerock and Signature Street now in the care of Mitchell Freedman.

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Stier, the Executive General Manager of Integrity Services at RV, was keen to stress that stewards - as well as Victoria Police - are continuing to investigate matters relating to last Wednesday's raids of Weir's Ballarat and Warrnambool stables.

"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.

Charges of failing to assist the stewards, laid against licensed foreman Tyson Kermond, will not be pursued.

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

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