To celebrate its place as the Horse Capital of Australia, Scone held its Horse Festival from May 4 to 13.
Morgan + English and many of its clients in the thoroughbred industry joined together to take part in the festival, which included events that showcase the versatility of the horse and the important role they play in the local area from thoroughbreds to farriers, tent pegging to polo and everything in between.
Morgan + English has a quick look at some of the main highlights of the Festival.
Scone Equine Hospital Horse Parade
One of the undisputed highlights of the festival is the Scone Equine Hospital parade. Local businesses and sporting clubs gather with their trusty steeds to walk (or ride) Scone Main Street. There is never a dull moment with the theme this year being ‘Ignite the Fun of the Festival’ and of course the illustrious presence of the Light Horse Brigade tops of the occasion!
HTBA annual awards night
The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association awards night is always a big night for the thoroughbred community. The awards celebrate the noteworthy achievements and contributions of those involved in the Hunter Valley thoroughbred sector. Morgan + English is proud to be a sponsor with the firm’s partners Annette and Daniel both presenting awards. For the full report on the HTBA Awards click HERE.
Darley Scone Cup Race Day and Inglis Guineas Coolmore Dark Jewel
Over two days of racing and almost two million dollars in prizemoney, Scone celebrates the largest country racing carnival in Australia. For the locals the first day being the Scone Cup marks a half day public holiday. What was once a small country race meet now draws a huge crowd of amazing fashions and thousands of racegoers from all over the country. This is backed up by a second day of racing with the Inglis Guineas and Coolmore Dark Jewel on Saturday, which is a meeting that has grown so big that this year it was a metropolitan standalone race day. Meaning that there were no Sydney races. Over the carnival there is now one Group 3 race and five listed races and a restricted listed race!
The winner of the $200,000 listed 2018 Darley Scone Cup was Sedanzer, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, and ridden by hoop Tim Clarke. Meanwhile the highlight race on the Saturday, the Group 3 race Dark Jewel was won by the Jason Coyle trained, Siren’s Fury, ridden by Tegan Harrison. The $400,000 Inglis 3yo Guineas was won by Moss Trip for trainers Peter and Paul Snowden with Brenton Avdulla on board. The three-year-old filly was part-owned by Channel 10 weather presenter, Tim Bailey.
Inglis HTBA Scone Yearling Sale
Buyers checking out the catalogue at the Inglis Sale at Scone
Australia’s leading thoroughbred auctioneer, Inglis, offered 296 yearlings at the Inglis Scone Sale. The Scone Yearling Sale (Book 1) ended with 163 horses sold at an average of $16,445, and a clearance rate of 84%. View yearlings on offer by Australia’s leading stallions, the perfect way to finish the Scone horse festival with a chance in having a runner in future Scone Cup Carnival.
Morgan + English look forward to the excitement of next years Scone Horse Festival. The 2019 Festival will take place from Friday 3 – Sunday 12 May. We hope to see you there.