Jiggers seized in Weir raid


"The rules we have in place are that there are mandatory rules around some of the issues that have been investigated, about corrupted racing and electrical devices", Racing Victoria chief Giles Thompson said on Thursday.

The raid on Darren Weir conducted this morning by Police has been blasted not only around Australia but around the world thanks to the incredible coincidence of the media showing up to film the raid.

Weir's stables at Warrnambool and Miners Rest were raided on Wednesday.

The banned electronic devices have been used by jockeys during races and training in order to shock horses into running faster.

Australian Trainers' Association president and leading Victorian trainer Robbie Griffiths said it was "in appropriate" to comment on the Weir allegations at this stage as "the matter is still in its infancy and no charges have been laid".

But while Henderson stressed that integrity had always been paramount to his business operations, he stressed he wasn't going to make rash judgments until he received more clarity surrounding the ongoing investigation into Weir.

"The use and possession of electronic apparatus such as Tasers/jiggers is an offence. with a mandatory minimum penalty of two years disqualification for any use or attempt to use".

Detectives from the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit executed search warrants at the 48-year-old's Warrnambool and Ballarat stables in Victoria just before 6am.

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Racing Victoria, the sport's local governing body, said the arrests followed a joint investigation with police into the "activities of licensed persons" in the industry.

He trained over 500 winning horses a year ago alone.

"This investigation demonstrates that integrity officials of Racing Victoria will enforce the rules of racing without fear or favour", Pakula said.

Federal police reportedly visited Weir's Ballarat stables some weeks ago and they may have seized an item central to an ongoing inquiry.

"I think it will progress further, there's obviously an ongoing investigation and that's why we have to be cautious as to how we approach matters and the information we divulge", Stier said.

"Racing Victoria is committed to maintaining the highest integrity standards in our sport", a representative said. He was in New Zealand at the Karaka Sales on Sunday.

Born in Berriwillock, a small Mallee District town in Victoria, Weir left school at age 15 to work under experienced trainers.

Weir holds the Commonwealth training record for most number of wins in a season, first breaking it in season 2015/16 with 348 wins, and eclipsing it again each year since.