Darren Weir, Melbourne Cup-winning horse trainer, released after stable raids

POSTED ON  |  30-01-2019

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Police have released Melbourne Cup-winning horse trainer Darren Weir and two other men without charge as they investigate allegations relating to the corruption of betting results and animal cruelty. Victoria Police raided properties owned by Weir in Warrnambool and near Ballarat, and arrested Weir, 48, and two other men aged 26 and 38.

Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson said the raids formed part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome. The investigation has been underway since August.

Officers searched Weir's high-tech training facility at Miners Rest and his beach stable in Warrnambool, as well as a property at Yangery just outside Warrnambool. Assistant Commissioner Paterson said officers found what was believed to be an unregistered gun and four devices known as "jiggers", which can deliver electric shocks.
  • "[In relation to] the conducted energy devices, or the jiggers, clearly the allegation is that they may be used against a horse with the aim of improving their performance on a particular race day," Assistant Commissioner Paterson said.
Cocaine was also found at a property searched by police, he said.

Weir is widely regarded as Australia's leading trainer and trained the Melbourne Cup-winning horse Prince of Penzance, which jockey Michelle Payne rode to victory in 2015.

Assistant Commissioner Paterson said he could not go into further detail about the alleged actions of the three men as investigators were still gathering enough evidence to lay charges relating to:
  • obtaining financial advantage by deception
  • engaging in conduct that corrupts or would corrupt a betting outcome
  • use of corrupt conduct information for betting purposes
  • attempting to commit an indictable offence
  • offences related to animal cruelty
None of those charges have yet been laid and all three men have been released from custody pending inquiries.

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