Racing NSW issues Weir show cause notice

Darren Weir

Trainer Darren Weir (Image: Racing Photos)

Racing NSW released the following statement on Thursday afternoon:

"Racing NSW has on Thursday 31 January 2019 issued and Show Cause Notice to Victorian licensed trainer Mr Darren Weir and why the provisions of AR50 should not be invoked against Mr Weir regarding declining to receive or reject the nominations of trained horses by him for races in New South Wales.

The Show Cause Notice was issued in light of the seriousness of the reported allegations concerning Mr Weir and the responsibility of Racing NSW to protect the image, interests and integrity of racing, furthermore noting that Mr Weir has nominated a number of horses for the Golden Slipper and nominations for the Championships are approaching.

In this respect, the use and possession of electronic devices such as tasers / jiggers is an offense under AR175 (hh) (i) and (ii) with a mandatory minimum penalty of 2 years disqualification for any use or attempt to use.

The seriousness of these offenses is illustrated by the disqualification of a NSW licensed trainer for 2 years for having a similar electronic device in his possession.

The actions of Racing NSW Stewards in the Show Cause Notice to Mr Weir is not unprecedented.

Similarly, Liam Birchley and Mr Ben Currie have been previously involved in interstate licensed trainers to protect the image, integrity and integrity of thoroughbred racing in New South Wales, both of whom are currently not allowed to nominate or race thoroughbred horses in New South Wales.

Racing NSW Chief Executive Mr Peter V'landys AM said: "Racing NSW is on record time and again as saying integrity and welfare in this industry is paramount. the industry.

"It is critical that the image, interests and integrity of thoroughbred racing in New South Wales are not compromised while Mr Weir's conduct is further investigated.

"Mr. Weir will be given the opportunity to respond to the Show Cause Notice to ensure that he is provided with natural justice and procedural fairness."

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