Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir has been disqualified from racing for four years by Racing Victoria, after a disciplinary hearing was told electric-shock "jiggers" were found in his bedroom.
Judge Bowman told a packed inquiry room both he and deputy chairman Josh Bornstein had previously raced horses with Weir.
Victoria Police, who launched the twin raids on Weir's Ballarat and Warrnambool properties with stewards last week, are continuing investigations into the stable practices and potential of corrupt betting outcomes.
"The act of possessing these devices, the circumstances in which they were located and the inevitable media firestorm that followed the discovery of these items, the arrest of Mr Weir all contribute to the establishment of the fact that this was conduct prejudicial to the image of racing".
In spite of a four-year disqualification for Darren Weir, a drawn-out cobalt saga that led to Peter Moody walking away and the Aquanita case, Thompson says integrity levels are a priority for the governing body.
"You rose from the depths of the Mallee (region) to be Australia's leading trainer".
"Until a week ago you were what could be described as a leviathan trainer with hundreds of horses, owners that number the thousands with a staff of 150". All of this makes your fall even sadder.
Weir's disqualification comes after the Aquanita doping scandal that resulting in the lifetime ban of trainer Robert Smerdon in May previous year.
Counsel for RV Jeff Gleeson said the fact the devices were found at the trainer's home indicated a desire to hide them from a stewards' inspection.
Most of his 36 Group One winners have come over the past five years as some of the world's biggest and best-known owners flocked to his stable in search of success.
Kris Lees, Chris Waller, Tony McEvoy, Anthony Freedman and Phillip Stokes have all taken over the care of horses raced by Australian Bloodstock, which won the Melbourne Cup with German import Protectionist just a year before Weir's Prince Of Penzance stormed to victory in Australia's great race.
"He's seen other matters drag on costing millions of dollars to the industry".