Wayne Guppy - President

Wife: Sue

A former pharmacist for 20 years, operating several large pharmacies in the Upper Hutt area, I am currently the Mayor of Upper Hutt. I have been a Member of the Wellington Racing Club since 1981 and also a Member of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association and have represented the WRC on the RACE Inc board for a number of years. I am also currently Chair of the NZTR members Council.

I have raced horses successfully in Australia with friends and am currently a small time breeder with several horses in training. As a President, I am committed to ensuring Trentham becomes the number one premier track in the country.

I believe we need to ifurther ntegrate the Trentham track and Wellington Racing Club into the greater Wellington region so that the whole region benefits from having the number one galloping track within their reach. This can be achieved. 


John Anderson- Vice President 

Wife: Liz

Having completed my first two year term on the WRC Committee in 2014 and having both enjoyed the experience and made what I believe to have been a positive contribution to the on-going development of the Wellington Racing Club I was pleased of offer myself for re-election and then honoured to be elected Vice President at the 2015 AGM
I have been an active member of the Racing Club for many years and I also have interests in racing through both breeding and racing horses
I see my primary role on the Committee and as Vice President as representing the interests of the members by ensuring the WRC continues to operate in a sustainable and profitable way. As the owner of a business in my own right I fully appreciate what is required for this to happen.
I believe the other significant area where the WRC Committee members can help the Club is the sourcing of funds through sponsorship, which makes a significant contribution the overall on-going success of the Club.
In my first two years on the Committee, I was integral in securing the sponsorship funding for the New World Family Race Day on Interislander Summer Festival Race Day, which whilst the smallest of our Wellington Cup Carnival days, is still an important part of our Cup carnival. This additional sponsorship has seen the day grow in stature and has provided an ideal environment to get people to the races, who might not otherwise attend. Our on-going success is totally dependent on us attracting as many people as possible through our turn-styles.
I believe I have a lot to offer the Wellington Racing Club and its members and would welcome your support and feedback


Ray Southey - Committee

Wife: Geri

Managing Partner. Member of Wellington Racing Club since 1973. Lifetime involvement in Racing, active owner and Breeder for 30 years. Member of Masterton Racing committee for over 20 years. 2 periods as President, current vice president Wairarapa Harness Club and trustee Masterton Licensing Trust 

Trentham is the premier racecourse in New Zealand and we must continue with recent program and improvements, and be aware of the needs and concerns of all involved in the industry form members, owners, trainers, punters and the importance of sponsors. 


Des Coppins - Committee 

Wife: Mary

Des has been working in racing for much of his life.He was involved in his earlier racing years as a statistician/form compiler for the best Bets in Auckland before moving to Wellington in the 1970's where he joined the INL group of companies to become a racing writer for NZ Truth and Friday Flash before being appointed Editor of Friday Flash. He held that position for 14 years before the company shifted the publication to Auckland . Today Des is director of his company Des Coppins Racing and Marketing Ltd and for a time worked under contract in the sales and marketing for the Radioworks (Mediaworks) hosting (Tracktalk) on Radio Pacific.
These days Des runs the talk-back racing show on Radio Trackside each Sunday and does a few other shifts on radio during the week as well as co-presenting the First Call on Trackside each Saturday. He runs a very succesful tipping line (0900 45459) . Des has been in syndicates that have raced many horses and has over 50 wins with the most succesful being the Group Two winner Soap Opera. He is married to Mary and has 3 live in nephews and Mimi the dog ( miniature pinscher). 


Colin Dallas – Committee

Partner: Jane

My involvement with racing came about when a group of new owners got together to race in a syndicate of horses about 15 years ago. This along with the pure interest of the horse racing industry gave me an insight as to how much fun and excitement you can gain once you are involved. As a Committee Member this is a great opportunity for me to meet new friends and to share in the overall passion for this sport.   Wellington being the vibrant city that it is, allows people the opportunity to see the 7’s rugby and to enjoy the Wellington Cup Carnival all in the space of a few weeks which helps add to the excitement that makes Wellington the place we all love to live in.    

Part of what I would like to see happen as I get more involved with racing at Trenthan, is to see younger people raising their hand and wanting to either become new members or taking an ownership of a horse. The excitement is just something that can be enjoyed immeasurably. I look forward to working with a great committee of people who share similar interests and goals.


Jessica Meech- Committee 

I have been a Member and Raceday Steward of the Wellington Racing Club since the 2010 season. I was very privileged to be elected to the Committee of the Wellington Racing Club in 2014.

My father and grandfather were both horse enthusiasts and I remember visiting Trentham at a young age and standing on the Member's balcony watching the crowds of people enjoying the races. I am a hugely passionate Wellingtonian having lived here all my life and I see Trentham as a fundamental part of Wellington's history and fabric. It is also a strategically important track for the success of New Zealand thoroughbred racing.

I am currently Head of Risk and Regulatory Affairs at the New Zealand Racing Board (the TAB). I am a practising lawyer and worked at national commercial law firm Chapman Tripp, prior to joining the NZRB. 

I am a proud horse owner having raced many thoroughbreds throughout New Zealand.  Ironically, whilst having enjoyed success elsewhere, I have yet to win a single race at Trentham, but like any blinkered horse owner will keep on trying! 

My aim is to restore the Champagne Turf to its glory days. I want to see the Wellington Racing Club become a successful commercial operation, such that it can provide quality racing product on a much more frequent basis and  provide exceptional racing events for owners, trainers and punters.  I also seek to increase the profile and presence of women in racing and to bring the joy and beauty of horse racing to a new generation. Ultimately, I hope that one day the winner of the Wellington Cup will gain automatic qualification for a top Australian staying race, like the Melbourne Cup.


Euan Playle- Committee 

Wife: Linda

I have been a member of Wellington Racing Club since 1985. My wife Linda and I have over the years enjoyed very much our long association with the club and of course seen many changes in both Trentham itself and racing generally over those years.
Born and raised in Martinborough, I can still remember my first day at Trentham Races and coming over on the Wairarapa train. I went to Victoria University and apart from four years working overseas I have lived in and worked in Wellington since graduating from university. We have one son currently at university in Auckland
Linda and I have over the years raced horses in partnership with our friends Sylvia and Paddy Kay, One of our special memories was our first win at Trentham with Aunt Daisy in the Barinka Cup. There is something special about winning at Trentham. Over the years I have been lucky enough to have experienced many aspects of the Wellington Racing Club as a race goer, member and owner.
I am a Chartered Accountant and a partner in a national Chartered Accounting firm with a strong accounting and business knowledge in a wide variety of business sectors. I feel I am now in a position in my career where I have the time and energy to put something back into the Club and this is the reason I have accepted a nomination for your committee. I am aware of the impact strong governance plays in the environment in which our club operates and I believe my skills and experience can contribute to the future wellbeing and development of our club.
I am fully aware of the challenges previously faced and currently being faced in the racing industry and fully appreciate too the challenges and dynamics facing owners, breeders and trainers particularly in our region. I also appreciate that there are challenges for our sponsors and most importantly for the existing and future members of the Wellington Racing Club
We have something special at Trentham and I believe we need to continue the work to preserve and improve the Clubs future in these uncertain times in racing
If elected I hope I can assist in ensuring members, trainers, owners, the racing public and the venue users all look upon Trentham as the great venue that it really is


Jeff Drinkwater - Committee

I am a chartered accountant in public practice and have been all my working life. The financial affairs of the racing industry, more specifically Wellington Racing and the RACE group, are obviously close to my heart.

I grew up in Hawkes Bay and was lucky enough to be on the Committee of HB Racing during those wonderfully exciting Kelt Capital carnival years. Being a part of and witnessing the growth of the Spring carnival, the stake increases and the financial results gave me an insight into what is possible.

After moving to Wellington mid-2007, I became involved with Wellington Racing and after a period as a raceday steward, I joined the Committee. It is all about the people and I can say Committee attendances and raceday duties are a pleasure whilst working alongside fellow committee people, the management team and sponsors.

It is an honour and a pleasure representing the Members of Wellington Racing.        


Bridget MacDonald – Committee

I have enjoyed being Race Day Steward at Wellington Racing Club, and am now delighted to join other racing enthusiasts on the Committee of New Zealand’s best racecourse.
As a proud Wellingtonian, I’m excited to play a part in preserving and celebrating Wellington Racing Club’s history and tradition, yet ensuring the club remains relevant and accessible to new and existing members.

Racedays are a highlight in my calendar – the anticipation in the birdcage, the last minute decision at the tote deciding which horse to back, the thrill of the race, and even the occasional win!

Whilst racing is certainly about the horses, most importantly, it is about the people in our racing community. Our race days provide the opportunity for lots of people from all over New Zealand to meet, work, socialise and celebrate ­together  – owners, breeders, jockeys, connections, members, punters, sponsors, TAB staff, Trackside, racing officials and the WRC team.

Our club continues to play a significant role in the greater Wellington region, and in the racing industry both nationally and internationally. I’m privileged to be working with like-minded people on the Committee who are also focused on strengthening Wellington Racing Club and pursuing opportunities that support the growth and sustainability of our club and the industry.

 With the WRC team, Committee and members all working together, we can continue our club’s success by creating opportunities for more people and new generations to experience and enjoy racing together, and to warmly welcome them to become part of our racing community.

My current role is Executive Director of the Securities Industry Association, and I bring over 15 years’ experience in public and private sector organisations including New Zealand Bankers’ Association, Xero Ltd, Ministry of Social Development, and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. I hold a Masters of Management Studies (in Technology) and Bachelor of Science from Victoria University of Wellington.

 I look forward to meeting you at Trentham on the Champagne Turf.


Sam Walker - Committee

Co-opted to the Committee during the 2018-2019 season and confirmed his postion being elected unopposed at the 2018 AGM

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Steve Drummond - Committee

Co-opted on to the Committee during the 2018-2019 season


Race Day Stewards

Betty Condren
Mike Curtis
Graeme Freeman
Lyndsey O'Reilly
Andrew Preston