New Racing Club to be added to the company’s developing racing, breeding and purchasing activities

PRESS RELEASE as seen in the Sporting Post Friday 19th January:

The latest Allan Bloodlines consignment of mares for South African breeder clients plus some fillies to race will arrive in Cape Town on 19th January following successful purchases overseas. In spite of the weaker rand making buying tougher, the search for value has proved fruitful for the fourth year running.

Allan Bloodlines has now arranged the importation of nearly 40 mares and fillies – mostly for South African breeder friends in a consultancy/agency capacity and a number for itself with and without partners. This year’s team includes no less than a Danehill half sister to champion Marling, a Zafonic daughter of a French Classic winner, an A.P.Indy daughter of a Classic winning half sister to Dancing Brave, a beautifully bred Marju dam of several winners, and a Rahy daughter of a multiple group winning sprinter. Those in foal – some Northern and some Southern Hemisphere time – are carrying to Beat Hollow, a magnificently bred Sadler’s Wells four times Gr.1 winner who sired three stakes winners in his first crop in 2006, to Zamindar, the late Zafonic’s resurgent full brother, and to Elusive City, a Gr.1 winning sprinter whose first foals sold well.

Joining David Allan’s own South African bred fillies now at stud here will be, also in foal to Beat Hollow on Southern time, a Darshaan half sister to Vaughan Marshall’s double winning charge Sunnydale who is racing on this year. A winning War Chant daughter of an Argentinian Gr.1 winner and another American bred youngster from the Fall Aspen family, along with Allan’s own Royal Ascot winning 2yo Titus Alone arrived last month, bring he number in training with Marshall to eight and Allan is also looking to replace fillies with Alistair Gordon that have just gone to stud. Gordon recently sent out the Allan Bloodlines purchase Little Dalham to win after being placed several times.“Our next move – now that we are a several years down the line towards learning the ropes here,” commented David Allan “is to develop a good quality Racing Club in the Cape. We have a successful model to work from and the sort of horses that – all continuing to go well – can take the Club racing and be competitive. There will be a programme of social events and visits that should prove to be exciting”. The Club will be called STRAIGHT BAT RACING – “No hoicks or reverse sweeps,” remarks Allan. “Playing straight down the line!” – and will be for South Africans to go racing in South Africa. “If anyone from the UK wants to join in, that will be great. But that’s not the main point. All the publicity will be generated here from our Cape Town office.”Allan Bloodlines’ selection of yearlings from sales in South Africa has been going well. In 2006, 16 Allan Bloodlines selections – including a few imports – consisted of 11 winners up to Gr.2 level and 4 placed horses, one or two of which should improve. They hope to be asked to buy yet more yearlings this year in South Africa.

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