Three electrical devices known as jiggers found at trainer Darren Weir’s property were located in the master bedroom, the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board has heard.
The RAD Board has retired to consider a four-year disqualification Racing Victoria stewards are seeking over Weir’s charge of possession of the illegal devices.
Racing Victoria counsel Jeff Gleeson told the hearing the devices were found in the bedroom which indicated a desire to hide them from a stewards’ inspection.
He said there was no lack of knowledge coming from Weir about the devices which could infer that having them in his possession was a risk he was prepared to take.
Gleeson said the penalty RV stewards were seeking was appropriate, taking into consideration how much the racing industry had been tarnished over the past week.
Asked if a financial penalty would be considered, Gleeson said the “imposition of a disqualification was more appropriate”.
Weir’s counsel Patrick Wheelahan has told the hearing the trainer wants a quick resolution to the charges as he does not want the matter to drag on, costing millions of dollars to the industry.
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