Melbourne Cup Winning Horse Trainer Darren Weir Charged With Animal Cruelty Offences

Melbourne Cup-winning horse trainer Darren Weir has been charged with animal cruelty and weapons offences.

The banned horse trainer was charged by Victoria Police on Wednesday, more than eight months after officers raided properties at Ballarat and Warrnambool.

Officers uncovered a gun and conductive energy devices, known as jiggers during the raid.

Weir is one of four men charged following an investigation.

He faces nine charges - conspiracy to defraud Racing Victoria stewards, three counts of engaging in torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying a thoroughbred racehorse, three counts of causing unreasonable pain or suffering to a thoroughbred racehorse, possessing an unregistered gun, and using a controlled weapon without an excuse.

A Darren Weir-trained racehorse being loaded back into a float. Image: AAP

Weir was disqualified for four years by racing officials earlier this year.

A 38-year-old Yangery man is facing 16 charges including conduct that corrupts betting outcomes, animal cruelty and possessing cocaine.

A Warrnambool man, 27, has been charged with six animal cruelty offences and one count of conspiracy to defraud Racing Victoria.

Police have also charged a 31-year-old Warrnambool man corrupt conduct information.

All four are due to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 23.