TBNSW Breeders Update Autumn 2018 - Page 16



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Hunter
Valley Equine Research Complex Opens
New residents for the Hunter Valley
Equine Research Complex
Racing Australia Equine Genetics Research Centre Officially Opened
Racing Australia Equine Genetics Researchers
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.
Located within the Hunter Valley Equine Research
Complex in Scone, beside the new home of NSW
Breeders office and Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders
Office, Racing Australia now has a permanent presence
in the heart of Australia’s leading Thoroughbred and
Equine Breeding region.
The EGRC team combines experts in equine genetics
research, technical scientific and diagnostic skills with
a love for horses of all shapes, sizes and colours. With
an equine geneticist on staff, Racing Australia will
now be able to keep up with the latest cutting-edge
developments in horse genetics.
“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”.
said Russell Balding AO.
This Centre will also ensure Racing Australia also has
the capability to perform its own research into genetic
diseases in horses-of all breeds-and offer the findings
to others working to improve equine health.
The Centre will undertake DNA typing of all
Thoroughbred foals to confirm parentage and establish
a unique pedigree that is accessible throughout its life.
It will also provide services to 30 other horse breed
societies across Australia. An estimated 20,000 tests
will be analysed at the Centre each year.
The gathering of over fifty guests from politics and the
breeding industry were introduced to the EGRC team
and toured the facility.
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In 2017 Racing Australia participated in the International
Horse STR DNA Typing Comparison Test and achieved
rank 1 with 100% genotyping accuracy. Rank 1 is
necessary to allow parentage verification of Thoroughbreds
for the International Stud Book Committee.
More information on the Racing Australia Equine
Genetics Research Centre can be found at www.
equinegeneticsresearchcentre.horse
NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Autumn 2018

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