A Melbourne Cup-winning horse trainer has been committed to stand trial along with two others accused of conspiring to cheat by using a banned electric prod on prize racehorses.
Darren Weir is accused of subjecting three horses — Yogi, Red Cardinal and Tosen Basil — to electric shocks while they ran on a treadmill on October 30, 2018, at his Warrnambool stables.
Appearing via videolink in the Ballarat Magistrates Court on Monday he pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy and two firearms offences.
The 50-year-old was the trainer of thoroughbred Prince of Penzance, who jockey Michelle Payne rode to Melbourne Cup victory in 2015.
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Trainer Darren Weir leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court last year. Picture: AAP Image/Julian SmithSource:AAP
Jarrod McLean, who worked with Mr Weir, pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy, one drug offence and seven betting offences.
Tyson Kermond, a stables employee, pleaded not guilty to two counts of conspiracy.
Magistrate Ron Saines said on Monday there was sufficient evidence that a jury could find the men guilty.
A fourth man, William Hernan, was charged with placing a $50 bet on one of the horses allegedly tortured with the electric prodder but that charge will not proceed to trial.
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