Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Weir facing four-year ban

Darren Weir: Australian trainer will not contest charges carrying possible four-year ban

"He has advised the stewards that he will not contest those charges which have drawn considerable negative publicity to the sport", Racing Victoria's executive general manager of integrity Jamie Stier said after Monday's hearing.

"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".

The RAD Board will open an inquiry on Wednesday morning with Racing Victoria stewards saying they will seek a four-year disqualification.

"If any further matters come to light as a result of the ongoing investigation, whether that be through the stewards doing their own work or as a result of the police investigation, those matters will then be addressed on their own merit at the time they become live issues".

The transfer of horses from the Weir stable has already begun with more than a hundred moved to other trainers before Monday's 11-hour show cause hearing, leaving around 500 on his books.

Jarrod McLean told last night's hearing that he will contest charges levelled at him.

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

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The hearing into the show cause notices issued against licensed trainers Darren Weir and Jarrod McLean on February 1, 2019, was concluded by the Racing Victoria stewards on Monday morning, February 4, Racing.com reported.

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).

At a preliminary teleconference late on Friday afternoon, stewards ordered all horses trained by Weir to be scratched from weekend races.

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.

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.

Three of the six charges laid at Weir's door last week related to the use of "jiggers", electronic devices to deliver an electronic shock to affect the performance of a horse.

The jiggers, an unlicensed firearm and a small quantity of cocaine were found at the premises.

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