The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s biggest annual horse racing festival. The festival takes place at 3 p.m. on the 3rd day of early November each year. The festival was hosted by the Horse Racing Club at the Flemington Racecourse Stadium in Melbourne , Victoria. This is an indispensable festival in the Australian society in general and in Melbourne in particular.
An estimated 700 million viewers are watching the case in 120 countries around the world.
Melbourne Cup champion of the horse trainer, Darren Weir, has been charged with cruelty to livestock, attempting to steal and other weapons-related offences.
On Wednesday, the Victorian State Police Department accused the horse trainer of being barred from training after police officers searched Weir ‘s homes in Ballarat and Warrnambool cities in January of this year.
During these searches, the police found a gun and an electronic communication system or a jigger in the horse racing industry.
Weir is one of the four men charged with the criminal probe.
Weir was charged with nine charges — including attempting to defraud high-ranking officials of the Victorian Horse Racing Foundation; three counts of brutality, assault, and overriding, threatening purebred horses; three counts of inflicting unreasonably on a purebred horse, owning an unregistered pistol, and using unjustly regulated arms.
Seven News added that, in addition to defendant Weir, a 38-year-old man living in the Yangery district, he had faced 16 offences, including the arbitration of horse racing betting outcomes, animal abuse and the possession of cocaine.
Another guy, 27 years old, from Warrnambool District, was charged with six counts of animal cruelty and one conspiracy to defraud the Victorian Race Management Foundation.
Police also charged a 31-year-old man living in Warrnambool City with bribery to alter racehorse details.
The four suspects will have to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 23 October of this year.