One of Australia’s most successful horse trainers has been arrested during a raid on his stables, reports say.
Darren Weir, who won the coveted Melbourne Cup in 2015, is believed to be among three men detained as part of an investigation into corruption and the possible use of electric shock devices on horses.
Police made the arrests following raids at properties in Ballarat and Warrnambool in Victoria.
Assistant commissioner Neil Paterson said four taser-like electric shock devices, known in the racing industry as “jiggers”, which are banned, were discovered at the properties.
He also said an unregistered gun and a substance believed to be cocaine had been seized.
“I have heard that there may be footage in the public arena… of jiggers being used,” Mr Paterson said, appealing for people with information to come forward.
Police said three men, aged 48, 38 and 26, were all arrested on warrants in relation to sporting integrity matters. They have not confirmed the identities of the suspects.
The trio were later released without charge.
Police said the inquiry stretched back to last August and involved allegations of corruption in sport.
Weir made history in 2015 when Prince of Penzance, ridden by Michelle Payne, held off Max Dynamite to win the Melbourne Cup.
In turn, Payne became the first female jockey to triumph in the richest and most celebrated horse race in Australia.