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Darren Weir under betting investigation

Steve Bennett in News 1 Dec 2019
  • Weir under investigation for betting scandal
Darren Weir

Disqualified horse trainer Darren Weir is in the spotlight again, this time involving an alleged betting account scandal.

It has been alleged that Weir was using ‘bowler’ accounts as part of his betting activities over an extended period of time.

A bowler account is used by the registered owner of the account who places bets on behalf of other people.

The Herald-Sun released the figures on Saturday night which are a result of findings between racing authorities and the Victorian Police.

The period under investigation stretches from 2001 to 2019 with investigators paying particular attention to 80 selected races during that time.


In one particular account, the registered owner’s (average) bet-size was between $1 and $5, but Weir is suspected of placing a bet of $4,600 each-way.

In another account, the average bets were between $50 to $100, however Weir is again suspected of wagering much larger amounts.



The Herald-Sun published the details of one particular bet.

Weir allegedly used a bowler account to place a bet of $9,200 on Peaceful State (one of his stable runners) in the 2018 Australian Guineas. 

Official markets showed the horse shorten from $11 into $8.50 and finished second in the event behind Grunt.

Weir also saddled-up the race favourite, Cliff’s Edge, who finished seventh.

The report suggests that Weir focussed on horses who had at least four starts in any preparation and/or had blinkers fitted.

Weir, who was banned for four years for using illegal training equipment, will face court again on February 14 to answer charges of animal cruelty, possession of a firearm and conspiracy to defraud Racing Victoria stewards.


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