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David Jewell & Mark Webbey Join NZTR
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing announced 2 appointments to its Racing Department (for 6-month terms from January 1) "to ensure continuity following the recent announcement of 2 departures". David Jewell has been contracted to the position of General Manager, Racing & Operations "overseeing the race programming, handicapping & registrations functions for NZTR & providing operational leadership to the National Racing Bureau". Former Racing NSW Handicapper Mark Webbey has been contracted "to undertake a review of handicapping policy & provide peer support to chief handicapper Dean Nowell"; this follows assistant handicapper Matthew Hall's departure to take up a position with Country Racing Victoria in January 2011.