... about as bright as the wily one
Let me get this right, using your words, and I am quoting part of your argument that according to you, if you are prominent and experienced, then you will never commit anything nefarious?
Prominent trainers, like Weir and Smerdon, are very experienced horsemen -- with a big business to run -- and they run the business professionally, according to their judgement and character.
The idea, that this does not always meet the dictates of bureaucrats at RVL, is no cause for concern in the broad sweep of their achievements.
There are 'crooks' but Weir and Smerdon are not.
It is the stewards that need to get their act together beyond their 'ready, fire, aim' approach to managing fair racing.
Consider the damage being done by paying no-hoper horses to run 10th
....... those at RVL, chasing bucks, need to reflect that a beam may well be in their eye as they are finding motes in the eyes of others.
A royal commission would get a lot of this crap sorted -- and, as is., the administrators would not survive.