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Weir, McLean due to face stewards on Monday afternoon

2 years ago

Trainers Darren Weir and Jarrod McLean, who were last week slapped with a combined 10 charges and issued show cause notices by Racing Victoria, are scheduled to front stewards at 2pm today.

The besieged trainers will be asked to explain why they should be allowed to continue training, unless they choose to hand in their training licences.

If they elect to give back their licences they will be unable to have horses in their care.

Former trainer Robert Smerdon chose to hand in his licence over the Aquanita doping scandal that saw him accused of 115 instances of administration of alkalising agents and/or medications to a horse or horses on a race day dating back to 2010.

Weir faces six charges: three charges of possession of an electric or electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of a horse; one charge of failure to give evidence at an inquiry; one charge of failure to comply with a direction of the stewards; and one charge of conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.

The four charges against McLean are: possession of an electric or electronic apparatus capable of affecting the performance of a horse; failure to give evidence at an inquiry; failure to comply with a direction of the stewards and conduct prejudicial to the image, interests or welfare of racing.

Weir stable foreman Tyson Kermond was also charged, but not issued a show cause notice.

Stewards on Friday withdrew horses trained by Weir and McLean that had accepted for races up until midnight on Monday.

A number of Weir's stable stars - including Nature Strip, Extra Brut and Land Of Plenty - have already been transferred to other trainers, so too has McLean's Group 1 winner Trap For Fools.

Weir and McLean can at this stage nominate horses for Saturday's CF Orr Stakes meeting at Caulfield, however, that could change at any stage.

Weir has three horses engaged at Warrnambool on Tuesday, and has a large team of runners nominated for Wednesday's meetings at Ararat and Sandown.

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