McLean loses Supreme Court bid to stop Racing Victoria using police information

Racing Victoria will be free to charge disgraced trainer Jarrod McLean with further breaches of the rules of racing using material seized from a January search warrant of his home after his injunction bid was unsuccessful in the Supreme Court on Friday morning.

McLean tried to argue that Victoria Police unlawfully passed information on to Racing Victoria, but Justice Melinda Richards said the Privacy Act allowed police to pass on information if they suspected McLean had engaged in breaches of rules of racing or criminal breaches.

Justice Richards added that while there were limitations on what Victoria Police is allowed to do with such information, they were not unlawful in passing that on to a racing authority.

She added there was no basis to stop Racing Victoria to use that information from charging McLean with breaches of the rules of racing.

Confidentiality orders preventing the media from accessing the "seized material" will be lifted at a time still to be determined.

Lawyers for Racing Victoria said stewards want to "get on with the job" to proceed with those charges.

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