A new training arrangement has been settled for Darren Weir’s Forest Lodge operation.
The Courier can confirm Ciaron Maher and David Eustace will take over the training duties of Weir’s stables following his four-year disqualification, announced yesterday.
Maher and Eustace, who have training bases at Caulfield, Cavallino Estate, Merricks North and Warrnambool, had been talked about in racing circles this week as the likely men to take over the operation.
Stewards have approved the application on the following conditions:
- that the transfer of any horses from Mr Weir to the Maher-Eustace partnership must remain on an individual basis by application of the owners and subject to the approval of the stewards; and
- that the Maher-Eustace partnership will not be permitted to nominate any horse under the care of Mr Weir at the time of his disqualification on Wednesday, 6 February 2019 until such time as it has been transferred to their care with the approval of stewards.
An email from Darren Weir Racing’s business manager Mick Leonard to owners confirmed the news on Thursday morning.
The stewards have also advised Weir, Maher and Eustace that they will continue to closely monitor the operations of the Ballarat stabling complex to ensure that all requirements of Mr Weir’s disqualification are strictly adhered to.