Australian trainer Darren Weir has been handed a four-year ban after electric shock devices were found at his stables, according to a report on Sky Sports.

Weir chose not to protest the charges of the possession of the devices which were used to shock his horses.

Today morning, the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board found Weir guilty of three charges of possessing an electrical item that could be used to affect the performance of a horse.

Jamie Stier, Racing Victoria’s executive general manager of integrity, said:

Mr Weir will not be permitted to participate in the racing industry in any way over the four-year period, including, but not limited to, his participation in the training of horses, attending race meetings and licensed premises and deriving any benefit from the industry.

In the interests of Mr Weir’s owners and staff and the welfare of horses, the stewards have granted permission for licensed trainer Michael Leonard to assume care of Mr Weir’s horses for a period of up to 28 days whilst discussions continue for a permanent solution.

Given the size of Mr Weir’s stables, the stewards have also granted an extended period of 10 business days for Mr Weir to coordinate the transfer of horses from his care.

Four electrical devices were found during a police search last week in a shameful case for one of Australia’s most successful trainers.