Australia’s largest purpose-built thoroughbred racing precinct, including a luxury five-star hotel and event centre has opened its doors at Warwick Farm in Western Sydney. Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres today joined Inglis deputy chairman Arthur Inglis and Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster to mark the opening of the $140 million Inglis Riverside Stables complex.

“The opening of this first-in-class racing and entertainment precinct by the country’s oldest thoroughbred auctioneers is testament to the appeal of Western Sydney as an investment opportunity,” Mr Ayres said. “It’s quite symbolic, one of Australia’s oldest businesses with deep roots and history in the east, investing in its future in Western Sydney. “Western Sydney is fast becoming a new hub for the equine industry creating future jobs and attracting thousands of national and international visitors.

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“Inglis Riverside Stables directly employs 150 full time staff, which will double during the sale season. It will support a wide range of local small businesses – from produce suppliers to event hire companies and photographers. “Western Sydney continues to be the backbone of the NSW economy and record growth will continue with the creation of a new airport, future aerotropolis, new roads, rail and the new Western Sydney stadium opening next year, not to mention unprecedented investment in Nepean Hospital and local schools.”

Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said he was proud of the company’s efforts to make Riverside Stables a reality. “Today has been 10 years in the making and to see how magnificent the hotel and auction grounds are, it’s a truly gratifying moment in the Company’s history,’’ Mr Webster said. “A lot of work from a lot of people has gone into this creation that we are today proud to show off to the world.’’

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Riverside Stables includes 823 stables, a 144-room William Inglis Sofitel Hotel with suites named after champion race horses, restaurants, cafés and a unique ringside bar where people can dine and inspect the thoroughbreds.