Stewards allege McLean lied about Trap

JARROD McLean has been charged with allegedly giving false evidence to stewards after an investigation into the ­stabling of Trap For Fools.

McLean will be referred ­directly to the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

Investigators claim McLean knowingly sent false information, via text messages to stewards regarding Trap For Fools on October 19, saying Trap For Fools would be sent to Darren Weir’s Warrnambool stables at 4.30am the ­following day.



RV’s Compliance Assurance Team visited Weir’s ­stables at 3.50am on October 20 and found the horse already there.

Stewards allege that, when questioned about the discrepancy, McLean then told investigators Trap For Fools had arrived at Weir’s stables the previous night, between 6.30pm and 7pm.

Trap for Fools was scratched by stewards last week. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

Steward claims the text message was false and/or ­misleading in “that Mr McLean knew at the time of sending it, Trap For Fools was already at Mr Weir’s Warrnambool stable and had been for some time”.

Stewards last week scratched Trap For Fools from the Coongy Handicap as they probed the matter.

Stewards allege Trap For Fools should have been at McLean’s Yangery complex, not at Weir’s Warrnambool base. McLean is Weir’s stable foreman.

Trap For Fools ran second today in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup.


Lauren Wood

KINGS Will Dream’s Cox Plate hopes started at The Valley and ended in hospital.

The Darren Weir-trained gelding suffered lameness in its near hind and did not finish the race, taken from the track by horse ambulance to its float and then straight to Ballarat Veterinary’s Equine Clinic for examination.

Jockey John Allen said he suspected it may have been a recurrence of the laceration that it suffered a week prior at Caulfield.

“I’m not sure, it felt just when he left the gates that maybe he hit that quarter where he cut himself last (week),” Allen said.

“It was like he had hit a nerve or something, because his action was bad when he left the gate. Then he came good, and once I turned the corner, it was like he hit a nerve again and his action just went to bits so we just pulled him up.”


Leo Schlink

DAVID Hayes is confident Ventura Storm has done enough to secure a Melbourne Cup start after his record-breaking success in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m).

Sitting 27th in the Cup order before delivering Hayes his fourth win in The Valley feature, Ventura Storm is now eligible for a penalty from Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter.

The import had not won since October 2016, triumphing in Italy, before being bought by Australian interests to continue his career here.

But in 17 starts since, Vent­ura Storm had failed to win despite several promising efforts.

He produced a career-high by clocking 2min 34.37sec to better The United States’ 2:34.43.

Mark Zahra guides Ventura Storm to victory in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. Picture: Nicole GarmstonSource:News Corp Australia

Training in partnership with son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, Hayes said Ventura Storm had undergone two operations since being ­imported.

“He got a perfect ride plus he’s been gelded and he’s had a wind operation,” Hayes said.

“I think he is going to win plenty of races now because we’ve worked him out.

“He was an unusual case. Over a mile and a half (2400m) he would breathe fine, but in between a mile and a half and two miles (2400-3200m) he’d have a problem.

“Glen Boss rode him one day and said he definitely made a noise.

“We checked it out and worked out that a wind operation would help him out and we think we have.”

Beautifully handled by Mark Zahra, who stalked Dean Yendall on Trap For Fools ($10), Ventura Storm ($5.50) let down powerfully to win by a long neck.

Chris Waller’s veterans ­Libran ($13) and Who Shot Thebarman ($26) were next.

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