The Racing Australia Equine Genetics Research Centre (EGRC) was officially opened on Monday 23 April 2018 by Russell Balding AO Deputy Chair Racing Australia & John Messara AM former Chair Racing Australia.
Russell Balding AO Deputy Chair Racing Australia & John Messara AM former Chair Racing Australia(Photo courtesy of Rod Thompson of The Scone Advocate)
Located within the Hunter Valley Equine Research Complex in Scone, Racing Australia now has a permanent presence in the heart of Australia’s leading Thoroughbred and Equine Breeding region.
Through the establishment of this Genetics Research Centre here at Scone, Racing Australia is proud to be returning to regional Australia some of the support it has always given the Australian Thoroughbred industry.
The concept of the Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre where Racing Australia is located originated in 1989 with the building opened in 1998 by Hunter Valley Thoroughbred Industry Participants.
The Hunter Valley Equine Research Centre (HVERC) was initially funded by Federal and State Government grants through the Hunter Regional Development Organisation and the Hunter Economic Development Corporation, along with equine industry funding and contributions from the local community of over $1M.
Racing Australia was able to utilise an existing laboratory located at the HVERC and with minor building works and the installation of state of the art testing equipment establish a benchmark industry facility.