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Weir handed four year ban

6th February 2019, 12:25 by Tom Hill

Australian trainer Darren Weir has been banned for four years after electric shock devices were found at his stables.

The devices known as 'jiggers' were found last month and Weir had the chance to contest the charges.

However, he has decided against an appeal after Racing Victoria sought a lengthy punishment.

The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board found Weird guilty or three charges and he is now disqualified immediately.

Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria's executive general manager of integrity, said: "Mr Weir will not be permitted to participate in the racing industry in any way over the four-year period, including, but not limited to, his participation in the training of horses, attending race meetings and licensed premises and deriving any benefit from the industry.

"In the interests of Mr Weir's owners and staff and the welfare of horses, the stewards have granted permission for licensed trainer Michael Leonard to assume care of Mr Weir's horses for a period of up to 28 days whilst discussions continue for a permanent solution.

"Given the size of Mr Weir's stables, the stewards have also granted an extended period of 10 business days for Mr Weir to coordinate the transfer of horses from his care."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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