Mr Ayres, Inglis deputy chairman Arthur Inglis and Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster were joined by Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller and NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley to plant a sapling from the famous Moreton Bay Fig from Inglis’ old Newmarket site – to mark the official opening.
Australian racing legend John Tapp unveiled a 3m high statue at the front of The William Inglis Hotel named ‘The Yearling and the Leader’, a depiction of a young horse and its strapper.
Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said he was proud of the company’s feats in planning, constructing and opening Riverside Stables.
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.’’
Minister Ayres said Riverside Stables was an outstanding addition to the Western Sydney landscape, not only as an equine auction house but also as a purpose-built event centre.
“The creation 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
“The $140 million Riverside Stables will bring hundreds of jobs to Western Sydney and see thousands of visitors from around the country and the world flock to the region – as part of a new wave of investment and tourism.”
The debut sale at Riverside Stables is the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, which starts at 6.00pm this Saturday 10th February and runs until Tuesday 13th February.
Pictured below are Ben Cottle – FDC Managing Director, Sean Gibbeson – Director-General Manager, Construction (NSW) and The William Inglis Hotel and Inglis Riverside Stables project team members.