Book 1 concludes

Book 1 of Tattersalls’ October Yearling Sale finishes today, with 184 lots set to go under the hammer from 11am.

Ones to look out for include a Galileo half-sister to champion two-year-old filly Tiggy Wiggy, consigned by WH Bloodstock (Lot 377), a Frankel half-sister to Japanese Derby hero Deep Brillante (Lot 414) and an Invincible Spirit half-brother to Talismanic (Lot 422).

Darren Weir charged by Victoria Police

Former Australian champion trainer Darren Weir has been charged with animal cruelty and conspiracy offences by Victoria Police.

The charges include conspiracy to defraud Racing Victoria, engaging in the torturing, abusing, overworking and terrifying of a thoroughbred racehorse, and causing unreasonable pain or suffering to a thoroughbred racehorse.

Three other people were charged alongside Weir; they will face a hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court on October 23.

The investigation into Weir has been ongoing after police found three electronic jiggers – devices used to electronically shock horses – in a bedroom at his Ballarat home in January.

Weir was later disqualified by the racing appeals and disciplinary board for four years after he pleaded no contest to four charges, which included the possession of the jiggers on his licensed premises and conduct prejudicial to the image of racing.

Tony Williams joins Aquis Farm

Aquis Farm in Australia has appointed Tony Williams to the role of Chief Executive Officer after the operation’s board of directors decided to separate its stud farm operations from its racing businesses.

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, including most recently as Managing Director of Goffs UK, Williams is recognised for his expertise, ability to lead and personable nature.

Williams said: “I’m extremely honoured to be joining the Aquis Farm team. Their foresight and ingenuity at becoming a market leader is second to none, and I can’t wait to ensure the vision of the Fung family comes to fruition.

“Having been in the UK for the past few years, I’d like to thank Goffs for the opportunities presented to me, while I am looking forward to heading back to Australia and being located in Queensland.”

Shane McGrath will become Managing Director of Aquis Farm and Williams will commence his new role in January 2020.

Ayr cancels today’s card

Heavy rain and no improvement in the weather forecast has forced Ayr to cancel its Flat fixture today.

Officials at the Scottish track made the decision early on Wednesday morning following an inspection.

While Ayr may not be racing today, there are jumps cards from Worcester and Exeter, and evening Flat meetings at Kempton (aw) and Southwell (aw). They also race on the Flat at Thurles in Ireland.