I don't think using precedents here is really a good way of looking at things because clearly the penalties handed out in the past haven't provided sufficient deterrent to stop people doing it.
If the industry is serious about changing it's culture (whether it be in relation to animal cruelty, doping of horses or other methods of fixing races) then the message needs to be sent that anyone who participates in that kind of conduct isn't welcome. Otherwise you're just p***ng in the wind.
March 24, 2011 - Weir fined $500 for using 'insulting or abusive language' towards a trackwork supervisor.
May 23, 2013 - Weir fined $7000 after a diuretic was detected in Doing Our Best on raceday at Ballarat on February 16, 2013.
November 2013 - Weir fined $2000 for a stable return breach, leading to Platelet's late scratching from the $1m VRC Sprint Classic.
August 5, 2018 - Stewards adjourn inquiry into tactics - John Allen and Darren Weir quizzed over tactics aboard Bit Of A Lad in the Grand National Hurdle at Sandown with the inquiry adjourned to examine betting records on the race.
October 20, 2018 - Trap For Fools scratched - over concerns about where the gelding had been stabled in the lead-up to the race.
I don't think ANY punter even before this recent event happened, thought he was an honest bloke and he has always been dodgy as **** going back to his early days when he was training out of Stawell and i have heard a heap of stories from people who were in the industry back then at Stawell and it was hardly playing by the rules.
They go missing for a reason and it is usually to another stable that has no runners competing that day or premises ( Hence Stewards don't check them randomly or is a 500-1 chance ) so they then get illegal procedures like tubing / drugs / juiced up etc or simple masking agents given to them.
In other words the dodgy shit is done elsewhere that is not going to attract the attention of stewards.
Darren Weir has been doing shady stuff for years and he has literally got away with most of it because the penalties are just a smack on the hand.
Racing Victoria should have cracked down hard years ago
I'm by no means enjoying what is happening but I must say I'm a little surprised at some of the sympathy that is being directed towards him. Matt Stewart on RSN this morning was fawning about the hearing yesterday going to great lengths to describe how much pain Weir seemed to be in and cheerleading for him to be welcomed back with open arms after 4 years. The guy was found with illegal devices in his bedroom FFS, if that isn't a deliberate attempt to avoid detection then I don't know what is. Interestingly shortly after Stewart also noted that there are issues with the culture in some pockets of the racing industry... Not sure how you reconcile cleaning that side of things up with advocating for someone who deliberately cheated to be welcomed back???
This is not a hard luck story... This is a story of a bloke who cheated and got caught... The rest is just puff...
Forget the jiggers and the suspension for weir he is involved in federal police charges for corruption in sport.
That's what they are trying to nail him for this 4 year suspension is like a slap on the wrist compared to what's coming. Look up smerdons ban for what he was doing. Peter moody quit before a 6 month suspension was handed down.
You wonder why weir sold everything within 2 weeks because he is never coming back to this sport and he already knows it.
I don't feel any empathy for weir if it was literally just the jiggers well he can go down like the rest of them it's not plain and simple offshore betting, influencing race results.
They have him I would put my left nut on it, the brakes are on the media because it's a federal investigation. They will only leak what's necessary to the public they say oh we are looking into these claims / charges. If any doubt at all was on weirs side we would have heard nothing.
On a serious note they can strip the prize money or disqualify horses I would not want to have anything to do with prince of penzance at the moment poor michelle . No idea how this works with the owners because I assume most of the money is spent lol.
Be interesting because if the prize money needs to go back who do the owners sue a broke trainer who faces charges with 10 years jail time.
Should see the mess in Queensland shane graham and the harness drivers