It may be deemed a country circuit but Scone Racecourse well and truly punches above its weight on the Australian racing scene.
While many rural circuits may remain largely anonymous to the average punter Scone is a place that continues to gain strength and recognition right around the country.
The major reason for this is due largely to the huge success of the Scone Cup Carnival.
The standalone meeting has attracted the best trainers, the best jockeys and some of the best horses meaning public interest has followed suit.
The feature event of the two day Scone carnival is without doubt the Listed Scone Cup.
Also making its mark as a sought after annual event is the Listed Dark Jewel Classic.
The Scone Cup was first run back in 1947 before becoming Listed in the year 2000, the Dark Jewel classic was first run in 1996 and Listed just three years later.
The carnival has become so popular that last year the town, located between Newcastle and Tamworth, was virtually booked out from tourists making the trip to watch the races.
The facilities and services offered by the Scone Race Club are second to no other regional racecourse across New South Wales.
The racecourse in use today was first built in 1994 and is in between the airport and the city.
Scone Race Club itself dates back to 1944 and the region is often dubbed the ‘horse capital of Australia’.
Scone Racecourse has four surfaces including the main circuit, barrier trial track, fast training track and a sand track.
The course proper has starts from the 1000m out to the 2200m and the layout maximises the space available form a circumference of 1902m.
The main straight is 400m long and allows time for horses which like to run on from back in the field.