Top Australian horse trainer faces trial for cheating, cruelty

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Melbourne Cup-winning Australian trainer Darren Weir was committed to stand trial Monday on animal cruelty and conspiracy to defraud charges stemming from the 2018 spring racing carnival.
A magistrate ruled there was enough evidence for a jury to decide whether Weir, his former assistant Jarrod McLean and stable hand Tyson Kermond conspired to cheat and deceive racing stewards in Victoria state.
They are accused of horse torture, including the alleged use of electronic shock devices known as ‘jiggers’ on three thoroughbreds to enhance their performance in the lead up to the 2018 season.—APP

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