The Thoroughbred Prepares to Launch
Breednet - Media Release - Thursday, 11 May 2017
As the Horse Festival swings into top gear this weekend with the Scone Cup Carnival, another equine related venture is just around the corner from being launched.

A building with a significant history in the township of Scone, The Thoroughbred has had many tales to tell. Originally known as the Crown and Anchor opening in the 1800's, it was then named The Empire in 1915 when the current building was established, before finally becoming The Thoroughbred Hotel as most locals know it today.

Re-opening its doors in the coming weeks, The Thoroughbred will lose it's 'hotel identity', but gain a much needed facelift with facilities to match. Featuring a high quality bakery, upmarket restaurant, bar, gaming, and 12 fully renovated rooms upstairs for accommodation, it is set to be a highlight for locals and visitors alike.

In addition to the renovations, new owner Peter Allen and local design and marketing consultant Kriston Harris, have taken a unique path with the interior design and marketing of the business. Taking into consideration that Scone is the Horse Capital of Australia and in an effort to support one of our biggest local industries, the thoroughbred theme has been kept right throughout the building, with plans to showcase the local thoroughbred racing and breeding history, past and present throughout the venue. 

"We have so many amazing local icons, stories and achievements born and bred out of this area, it only seemed right to showcase these legacies in such a fitting scenario," says Allen.

"We want to make it a venue that the community feels a part of and is proud of for years to come."

One particular local equine legend, Mr Bill Howey has played a large part in the project. The connection came at impeccable timing, coinciding with Mr Howey's launch of his new book; A History of Thoroughbred Breeding In The Hunter Valley. 

The book which Howey describes as a compilation targeting the more recent generation has been a key reference source for new venture. 

"Bill's knowledge of the local area and equine history has been instrumental in the development of this project," said Allen. 

"It is an honour to be working with someone of his stature and expertise, and hope that together we can provide the local public something to be proud of for years to come."

Mr Allen, who also owns a hotel in a popular part of Melbourne, has left no stone unturned in the re-vamp of the building, testifying that quality is the key. As part of the grand plan, a lot of structural work has gone into the building to ensure its continued longevity and all efforts will be made on the hospitality side of things in order to hit the ground running when it re-opens its doors to the public.

"We have put a lot of thought and effort into this project," says Allen.

"We have tried to get as many local people involved as possible and will be looking to employ locally also. We have had a great deal of support from the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industry in regards to fitting out the interior with local history and memorabilia and have been so lucky to have some particular industry legends assist us with this project. We really hope it turns out to be the iconic venue that we envision it to be."

An announcement will be made over the coming weeks with an official opening date.

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