Report: shockwaves in Australian horse racing as high-profile trainer accused of malpractice

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Friday 01 February - 16h45 | Ian Clayton

Report: shockwaves in Australian horse racing as high-profile trainer accused of malpractice

Darren Weir, a man described as Australia’s No.1 horse racing trainer with than 500 horses under his care ‘collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars’, has been accused of malpractice by equestrian authorities in the country, The Age newspaper reports. 

As the Melbourne-based paper describes, “The industry has been left reeling. Weir is a titan: his horses have won over $148 million since 2000 and he took home the 2015 Melbourne Cup. To get an idea of his horses' talent, 28 of the 183 entries for the 2018 Melbourne Cup were from his stables.”

Reporters Anthony Colangelo, Erin Pearson & Peter Ryan explain that during a raid of Weir’s stables, “[police] seized four electric-shock ‘jiggers’ [to make horses run harder], cocaine as well as an unregistered firearm, and arrested Weir, stable foreman Jarrod McLean and strapper Tyson Kermond. They were questioned and released without charge.”
 
The allegations conduct prejudicial to the "image, interests or welfare of racing," they add. For the full report, see here. 

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