Trainer Darren Weir, whose credits include a win in the 2015 Melbourne Cup with Prince of Penzance, has been hit with nine charges related to the running of his stable, including animal cruelty.
Multiple outlets reported that Weir was charged by police in Victoria Wednesday based on the results of searches of his properties in January. Those searches allegedly revealed the presence of multiple battery-powered devices known as buzzers or, in the Australian vernacular, jiggers.
Weir is charged with conspiracy to defraud Racing Victoria officials, three counts of torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying a Thoroughbred, three counts of causing unreasonable pain or suffering to a Thoroughbred, possession of an unregistered gun, and illegal use of a controlled weapon, according to The Guardian.
Three other men were also hit with related charges, including former Weir employee and Group 1-winning trainer Jarrod McLean.
Weir's stable once included as many as 600 horses across Victoria. Racing Victoria authorities issued charges against Weir in the days following the search of his stables, scratched his horses and banned his entries. He was eventually ruled off for four years.
Read more at The Guardian
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