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Racing Victoria to consider whether Weir eligible to win trainers' premiership

Racing Victoria will discuss whether disqualified trainer Darren Weir will be eligible to win this year's Victorian trainers' premiership after he was banned from the sport for four years last week for possessing "jiggers".

Weir had trained 93 winners since the start of the racing season in August and was heading for his sixth consecutive premiership in 2019 before his stables were raided last month.

With six months remaining, Weir holds a lead of 58 wins over the second placed David Hayes-Tom Dabernig stable, which has trained 35 winners so far this season.

Racing Victoria chairman Brian Kruger told on Monday night the issue will be discussed at their board meeting to determine whether Weir could be named the winner if he retains his current lead.

It is absolutely an issue that we will consider. There is no precedent," Kruger said.

A police investigation into the Weir stable remains ongoing with police preparing a brief of evidence for the office of public prosecutions to consider while the stewards have been clear that their investigation remains open despite the Weir disqualification.

The RAD board is yet to set a date to hear the charges against Warrnambool trainer Jarrod McLean, who police also arrested and released without charge on the day the Weir stables were raided.

Weir sold his Ballarat stables last week to Ciaron Maher Racing after deciding to not contest the Racing Victoria charges that led to his four-year disqualification. His horses have been dispersed among Victorian trainers.

Three horses - Yogi, Nature Strip and Hawkshot - that were trained by Weir until the raid occurred won at Caulfield on Saturday.

Article courtesy of Nine and The Brisbane Times

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