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Vale Mark Webbey

Friday, 24th June 2016

The racing industry is mourning the sudden passing on Wednesday of former Racing NSW Chief Handicapper Mark Webbey. "Mark was a highly-respected individual who possessed an excellent understanding of handicapping systems worldwide," said Racing NSW's Chief Executive, Peter V'landys. "Mark conscientiously served the racing industry for many years and he will be missed by the entire industry." Webbey, 59, commenced his career in horse racing as a junior at Sydney Turf Club's racing office in 1976 before joining the Australian Jockey Club two years later as Assistant Starter. He then moved to the handicapping panel in 1987 and was eventually appointed the AJC's Chief Handicapper. A decade later Webbey was leading the NSW Thoroughbred Racing Board's [now Racing NSW] handicapping panel. Webbey was also a member of the Australian Pattern Committee and in 1997 joined the ANZ Classification Panel, subsequently being appointed the panel's Chairman. In 2005 he ventured overseas to take up a position as the Singapore Turf Club's Chief Handicapper & Racing Manager where he remained on the ANZ Classification Panel as its Singapore representative. Mark also served on the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings Committee. He then returned to Australia three years later and had stints as Racing Manager for both the Gai Waterhouse and John Thompson stables, before being snapped up by NZ Thoroughbred Racing in 2010 to oversee a review of New Zealand handicapping procedures. Mark Webbey is survived by wife Kerry and daughters, Katherine and Jacqueline. Funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised.

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Vale Mark Webbey (image: Steve Hart)
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