Left Menu
Development News Edition

UPDATE 1-Horse racing-Police raid Melbourne Cup-winning trainer's stables


UPDATE 1-Horse racing-Police raid Melbourne Cup-winning trainer's stables
Australian police raided the stables of Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir on Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into corruption and the possible use of electric-shock devices on horses. Three men, aged 48, 38 and 26 were all arrested on warrants in relation to sporting integrity matters, Victoria Police said in a statement.

The trio were later released pending further investigation, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson said, adding the investigation stretched back to last August and involved allegations of corruption in sport. "This is a complex investigation making an assessment of many aspects of evidence and I anticipate that assessment will take some time before we can make decisions in context of charges," Paterson said.

Neither Victoria Police, nor Racing Victoria, would confirm whether Weir, who trained Prince of Penzance to Melbourne Cup victory in 2015, was among the three men arrested in the raids at properties in Ballarat and Warrnambool in rural Victoria. Paterson had earlier said that four electric-shock devices, known within the industry as 'jiggers' and which are outlawed, had been discovered at the properties.

"I have heard that there may be footage in the public arena ... of jiggers being used," Mr Paterson said, appealing for people with information to come forward. Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson refused to identify the parties involved, other than to confirm each is a licensed participant in the state's racing industry.

Local media, however, reported that Weir, 48, was one of the people arrested. Racing Victoria alerted Victoria Police after launching investigations last year, Thompson added.

Weir made history in 2015 when Prince of Penzance held off Max Dynamite to win the Melbourne Cup, with Michelle Payne becoming the first female jockey to win the richest and most celebrated horse race in Australasia. (Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


TRENDING

OPINION/BLOG/INTERVIEW

Hyderabad Encounter: Time to review modern judiciary and restore people’s confidence

Its probably for the first time in the history of independent India, the parliamentarians, chief ministers and ministers in the Union and State governments are openly supporting an encounter. This indicates the people from top to bottom hav...

What happens to your outstanding loans if the bank falls?

... ...

Time for a change! Innovations to stop the growing plastic pollution

As the planet is drowning in plastic pollution, many new innovative approaches and solutions have emerged to effectively deal with the menace....

How to avoid fake universities and fishing bait like Farmington

As education sharks are roaming around to prey, we present a guide on how to mitigate hunters and reach to a genuine universityinstitute. In this era of commercialization of education, the fake universities and economic frauds in educationa...

Videos

Latest News

Australian firefighters await 'flooding rain' as people struggle to breathe

HIGHLIGHTSA giant bushfire on the edge of Sydney may burn for weeks and might not extinguish without heavy rains, firefighters said.The mega-fire is burning across more than 800,000 acres.Hundreds of people have sought medical assistance fo...

NHRC team begins inquiry into alleged police encounter of

A team from the National Human Rights Commission NHRC on Saturday began an on-the-spot investigation into the alleged police encounter in which four men accused in the gang-rape and murder of a woman veterinarian, were killed near here. Off...

US resumes talks with Taliban in Doha: US source

Doha, Dec 7 AFP Washington resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar Saturday, a US source said, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end Americas longest war. The US rejoined talks today in ...

No response from Mamata Banerjee's office on requests for

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar on Saturday said that all attempts to reach out to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were exhausted as there was no response from her office regarding his requests for a dialogue. Stating that a chief min...

Give Feedback