Jarrod McLean has been suspended indefinitely

Jarrod McLean has been suspended indefinitely

After a marathon hearing on Thursday, Group 1-winning trainer Jarrod McLean has been suspended indefinitely by Racing Victoria (RV) Stewards following Victoria Police charges laid against him on Wednesday.

A total of 16 charges have been levelled against McLean by Victoria Police, including offences relating to animal cruelty and corruption.

Tyson Kermond and former jockey William Hernan were also called to the hearing on Thursday following charges laid by Victoria Police on Wednesday.

Kermond faces seven charges which include those of animal cruelty while Hernan faces a charge of the “use of corrupt information”.

At the hearing, the Stewards issued one charge each against Mr McLean, Mr Hernan and Mr Kermond for a breach of Australian Rule of Racing 232(h) which states:

“A person must not refuse or fail to attend or give evidence at an interview, investigation, inquiry, hearing or appeal when directed or requested to do so by a PRA, the Stewards or a person authorised by a PRA or the Stewards”.

A summary of the particulars being that, during the course of the inquiries, Mr McLean, Mr Hernan, and Mr Kermond, via his legal representatives, each refused and/or failed to give evidence as directed and/or requested by the Stewards.

Each of the charges will be referred to the Victorian Racing Tribunal (VRT) to be heard on a date to be fixed.

Each of the men were asked “to show cause why the Stewards ought not exercise their powers under AR 23”.

After careful consideration, McLean and Kermond were suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of a Magistrates Court hearing set to commence on October 23 while Hernan was suspended until the outcome of his charge for failing to give evidence at the inquiry.

McLean and Hernan left the RV inquiry at about 9.30pm on Thursday without speaking to media while Kermond didn’t attend the hearing.

McLean had three horses accepted to run at Ballarat on Friday but they have all been scratched by order of stewards.

Earlier in the day, McLean arrived with his legal representatives Patrick Wheelahan and Tony Hannebery along with Hernan.

Media were kicked out of inquiry after less than a minute after Wheelahan requested a closed hearing.

To read Racing Victoria’s full statement CLICK HERE