Racing Australia (RA) is the national industry body representing Thoroughbred racing in Australia. In 2015, Racing Australia purchased the Australian Stud Book (ASB) from the Australian Turf Club and the Victoria Racing Club. The Australian Stud Book records the official bloodlines for all Thoroughbreds born and raced in Australia. As part of the acquisition of the Stud Book, Racing Australia decided to bring all its operations under their own banner, and thus, the Equine Genetics Research Centre was born.
In 2017, Dr Natasha Hamilton, an equine geneticist, was recruited from the University of Sydney to head the new laboratory. Soon after, Dominique Dolgener agreed to become the manager. Recent Bachelor of Science graduates Taelor Mackenzie and Emalyn Batley make up the team as Technical Officers. This team combines specialities in equine research and excellent technical laboratory skills with a passion for horses. The laboratory was officially opened on April 23rd, 2018 by Russell Balding AO (Deputy Chair Racing Australia) and John Messara AM (Former Chair Racing Australia).