McLean appeals

OUTED Warrnambool trainer Jarrod McLean is appealing against the severity of a six-month disqualification handed down by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB)in December.

Racing Victoria chairman of stewards Terry Bailey confirmed yesterday that McLean’s appeal would be heard by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) on Monday.

The 33-year-old trainer pleaded guilty to a charge laid by stewards after his runner Prymslea was found to have a prohibited substance in its system following a restricted race over 1800 metres at Mildura on August 30 last year.

Prymslea was found to have a TC02 (level) reading above the permissible level of 36 millimoles per litre of plasma. 

The 2013 Warrnambool Brierly Steeplechase-winning trainer was also fined $2000 for failing to keep records for a year of treatments administered to horses in his care.

McLean’s disqualification, which started on December 17, means he cannot go to any licensed premises including racetracks or stables while he is disqualified.

Retired County Court judge Russell Lewis, who chaired McLean’s RADB hearing, said in December the racing industry had “a public perception for the image of racing to live up to” and believed the six-month disqualification was appropriate.

McLean could not be contacted for comment yesterday.

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