Overview & Structure


New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Inc (NZTR) is the governing body of the thoroughbred code in New Zealand. Essentially it supplies the thoroughbred product for wagering and sporting customers and is ‘captain of the team’ for the thoroughbred code. More specifically its exists to:

  • Draw up and action the thoroughbred code’s Business Plan, including performance targets, set the distribution policy and allocate funds within the thoroughbred code to maximize and sustain financial benefits.
  • Define, regulate and amend the policies and Rules of Racing of the thoroughbred code.
  • Represent the interests of thoroughbred code stakeholders, principally the 67 thoroughbred racing clubs operating on 51 galloping tracks.
  • Supply central secretariat services for the thoroughbred code – including keeping the New Zealand Stud Book (recording the activities of the more than 9000 broodmares pastured in New Zealand), maintaining the handicap, licensing trainers, jockeys and apprentices, registering all racing stock, publishing industry and code publications and information including maintaining New Zealand’s largest racing database and supplying complete raceday form for all of the country’s 325 thoroughbred racedays, collection of fees and payment of stakes and percentages, and taking nominations and withdrawals for all meetings by the National Racing Bureau.
  • Develop all equine training programmes in New Zealand and run dedicated apprentice schools in the main racing regions.
  • Communicate all relevant information to all its customers within and outside the thoroughbred code.
  • Foster increased awareness, interest, participation and investment in the thoroughbred code.

NZTR is based in Wellington with a full-time staff of 27. For a full list of staff contact details, please visit our Contacts page. Its offices are in the same building as the New Zealand Racing Board, the TAB, Trackside TV, Radio Trackside and the Greyhound Racing New Zealand.


Currently NZTR is governed by a Board of six Directors.

At the NZTR AGM on 15 December 2010, Thoroughbred Racing Clubs throughout New Zealand agreed to support the process of the selection of a new independent Board to run NZTR. A Members’ Council was set up and charged with responsibility for all aspects of the appointment of six independent Directors.

Representatives from the three regions (Northern, Central and Southern) along with a representative from the Trainers, Owners and Breeders sector were then elected. The Members’ Council comprised: Victoria Carter, Danny Moss, David Smith, Wayne Guppy, Bruce Perry, John Wheeler, Murray Acklin, Bill Cotton, John Wood, Peter Francis, David Haworth and Neil Oldfield.

A Board of ten Directors, elected on a regional and sector basis, was replaced by six appointed, independent directors.

Appointments to the Board are for three year terms and for a maximum of three terms, that is, an initial term and two further terms of three years each.

Board of Directors

  • Alan Jackson - Chairman

    Matthew Goodson

    Alan has had over 30 years of business experience across a wide spectrum of industries and disciplines including public and listed companies and racing bodies in three countries. His current governance roles include independent directorships of Fletcher Building, Fletcher Finance Limited and Delegat Group. He was a founding Director of the New Zealand Racing Board between 2003 and 2006 and again in 2012-13 including serving as Chairman. Alan served as Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Australasia between 2003 and 2009. He has also chaired the Housing Corporation of New Zealand.

  • Victoria Carter - Deputy Chairman

    Victoria Carter

    Victoria is a Director of listed company Turner’s Auctions, Tax Management NZ, Co-founder of Cityhop, and Chairman of the Auckland Festival. She has been a Director of JUCY Group and Director of former NZX company Kidicorp. She was a Director of the Auckland Racing Club and Chairman of NZTR's Member's Council until becoming a Director. An Accredited Fellow of the Institute of Directors, Victoria has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Auckland. She has a background in public relations and marketing. She and her husband breed and race horses.

  • John Stace

    John Stace

    John built a career in the financial services sector in the City of London. He founded Stace Barr Ltd, which was one of Lloyd’s of London’s largest capital providers, and was CEO of listed Angerstein Underwriting Trust, now Amlin plc. He was Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s at the time of its reconstruction and served on Lloyd’s Market Board and Lloyd’s Regulatory Board. He has served on the Board of Genesis Energy and as Chairman of Methodware. Today he serves on the Boards of 3R Group Limited, Sportsground Limited and Triplejump Limited.

  • Ben Nettleton

    Ben Nettleton

    Ben is a Barrister and Solicitor. He graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce. Following admission to the Bar, he worked for a Queens Counsel before joining French Burt Partners Law Firm in July 2010. He previously worked as a journalist, and radio broadcaster/producer, and in television within the production team of Trackside TV. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and is involved with a number of commercial boards and non-profit organisations. 

  • Rick Williams

    Ben Nettleton

    Rick is General Manager of The Oaks Stud in Cambridge. He has had 30 years of experience as an owner, breeder and manager of commercial stud farms in New Zealand. He graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science majoring in Farm Management, Economics and Marketing. He managed Waikato Stud, Bloomsbury Stud before being appointed General Manager of the Oaks Stud and Manager of the Oaks Racing Team for owner Dick Karreman. He served on the Council of the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association for seven years.

NZTR Nominee to the Board of the New Zealand Racing Board

  • Greg McCarthy

    Greg McCarthy

    Greg is a director of Sutton McCarthy Limited, a consultancy that provides strategic, financial and treasury advice to corporate and other clients. A Chartered Accountant, Greg is a director of Innova Products Limited, Spring Creek Estate Limited and Rangatira Forests Limited. He has been active in the Thoroughbred industry for more than 20 years as a breeder and owner. He has a BCA in Accounting, Economics and Commercial Law. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Rural Studies.


Chief Executive: Greg Purcell

Greg Purcell

My focus, along with the rest of the NZTR staff, will be to continue to improve the services that NZTR offers to clubs and stakeholders and sustainability and growth. I am committed to building on NZTR’s leadership role in thoroughbred racing in New Zealand and to see further improvements for industry participants and stakeholders.

Greg has held a number of senior management positions in the racing industry including Chief Executive of Racingcorp, Chief Executive of New South Wales Country Racing Council and a senior management position at the Australian Jockey Club. “I have seen racing from several angles having been a stable hand, an owner (of more than 90 horses), a professional bookmaker, and an honorary country racing club official, as well as being an administrator.”

For a full list of staff contact details, please visit our 
Contacts page.