Box ticking needed before trainer takes over Weir’s former ‘Bool base


There are a few boxes to tick before Western Australian trainer Lindsey Smith can train out of Darren Weir’s former satellite stables at Warrnambool after the facility was sold this week.

A week after Racing Victoria officials denied Weir’s former assistant Jarrod McLean the opportunity to take over the 43-box complex, Warrnambool Racing Club CEO Peter Downs confirmed contracts had been signed with a new owner on Thursday.

Lindsey Smith intends to apply to train out of banned trainer Darren Weir’s former Warnnambool satellite stables. Credit:Vince Caligiuri

Downs would not reveal the identity of the new owner but said the investor has been in discussions with Smith with regards to “taking over the stables” that were vacated by Weir when he received a four-year ban in February.

Smith and Weir have also enjoyed a close association, albeit it no official one, over the years, with Smith successfully using the Warrnambool base and its nearby beaches as a base when visiting Victoria.



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