The Victorian RAD Board hearing into the charges laid by Racing Victoria Stewards against licensed trainer Jarrod McLean will take place at 10.30am on Monday 10 December 2018.
Mr McLean has been charged as follows:
Charge: AR 175(gg)
The Principal Racing Authority (or the Stewards exercising powers delegated to them) may penalise:
(gg) Any person who makes any false or misleading statement or declaration in respect of any matter in connection with the administration or control of racing.
The particulars of the charge are as follows:
• At 6:09pm on 19 October 2018 Mr McLean sent a text message to Ms Stella Stevenson (Deputy Stipendiary Steward) in which he stated:
“G’Day Stella, sorry for the late text.. We really didn’t need todays meeting at Wbool!! Trap For Fools will stay oncourse at Darren’s tomorrow at 4:30am ready for a 8am leave to head to Caulfield. Thanks. Jarrod”
• At 3:50am on 20 October 2018, Mr Josh McGaw, Stipendiary Steward from Racing Victoria’s Compliance Assurance Team, attended Mr Darren Weir’s Warrnambool Stable located at Lot 10 McGregor’s Road, Warrnambool to conduct a race day stable inspection.
• During this stable inspection, Mr McGaw identified that Trap for Fools was already stabled at Mr Darren Weir’s Warrnambool Stables.
• At approximately 6:45am on 20 October 2018, Mr McLean was questioned by Mr Dion Villella and Mr McGaw, both Stipendiary Stewards from Racing Victoria’s Compliance Assurance Team. In that interview, Mr McLean:
a. initially told them that Trap For Fools was brought to Mr Weir’s stables the previous night between approximately 6:30pm and 7:00pm; but
b. then subsequently admitted that Trap For Fools had been stabled at Mr Darren Weir’s Warrnambool Stable at the time the text message was sent to Ms Stella Stevenson (Deputy Stipendiary Steward) and had been stabled there for “a period of time” prior to that text message.