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Former champion trainer charged with animal cruelty

Former champion trainer charged with animal cruelty
Banned champion Victorian horse trainer Darren Weir has been charged by police with animal cruelty and conspiracy offences.
Police have been investigating the former trainer since three electronic jiggers – devices used in training to deliver an electric shock to horses – were found in a bedroom of his Ballarat home in January.
The 49-year-old Melbourne Cup winner was disqualified for four years by Racing Victoria following a number of lengthy hearings in February.
Darren Weir (AAP)
Weir was today issued with nine charges, including conspiracy to defraud Racing Victoria Limited Stewards; three counts of engaging in the torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying of a thoroughbred race horse; three counts of causing unreasonable pain or suffering to a thoroughbred race horse; possessing an unregistered Category A longarm; using a controlled weapon without an excuse.
Police have also charged a 38-year-old Yangery man and a 27-year-old Warnambool man with a series of offences.
All three a set to appear in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 23.