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Mike Stratford hearing adjourned

02:40 PM 24 Sep 2015 NZST
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Michael Stratford - Hearing adjourned until October 22nd
Michael Stratford - Hearing adjourned until October 22nd
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Harness Racing New Zealand had scheduled a meeting for Friday, 25 September to review the licenses of Mr Mike Stratford.

This was following his attempt to drive with a modified whip on Friday 11 September at the New
Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club race meeting.

This matter has been adjourned till 22 October due to Mr Stratford’s legal counsel being unavailable and
also requesting further time to prepare for submissions in his defence.

HRNZ and Mr Stratford have agreed that pending the hearing on the 22nd of October, Mr Stratford will not drive in a race or present any horse trained by him for racing.

Mr Stratford’s licences are to be reviewed pursuant to Rule 324(1) which states:

324 (1) The Board may, in its discretion, at any time cancel, withdraw, suspend, or impose, amend or
delete any conditions or restrictions upon any licence for such period during the currency thereof as it thinks fit, giving seven days notice of its intention to do so.

The HRNZ Committee established to review this matter is comprised of the following Board members:

 Mr Brain Wastney (Chair HRNZ Animal Welfare Sub-Committee)

 Mr Ken Spicer (HRNZ Vice Chairman)

 Mr Colin Hair (Chair HRNZ Audit & Finance Sub-Committee)

Edward Rennell
Chief Executive


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