Straight Bat Racing to start operation in April


The inauguration in April of the first Racing Club of its type in South Africa is announced by Allan Bloodlines Cape Town office.

An exclusive opportunity to enjoy racing as an owner is thus available for a fraction of the expected cost within a very attractive programme of Action, Fun and Good Communication.

“STRAIGHT BAT RACING” takes up the theme of playing straight down the line in looking after 20-30 members whose Club will have its own two dedicated racehorses trained in the Cape – one South African bred proven winner and the other a newly arrived international filly – running in the Club’s own colours. Modelled on an unique and successful formula in the UK and adapted for South Africans to go racing in South Africa, STRAIGHT BAT RACING has received enthusiastic support from South African Racing Authorities as an excellent way of bringing more people into horse racing. The Club works both for those who know their racing and for novices to be welcomed to the fold.Both horses are in the care of highly successful and very welcoming trainer Vaughan Marshall who has 25 years of equine excellence and no less than 20 Group 1 wins. With Marshall and the experienced Club managers, there should be great days racing and a continuous flow of information. “Communication is the key to the comfort of members,” comments David Allan of Allan Bloodlines “and we shall be doing our best to keep everyone bang up to date”. Asked if STRAIGHT BAT RACING is a betting oriented outfit, Allan replied “Having a flutter on Club horses and others is all part of the fun, but this is not a dedicated gamblers’ club. What we are dedicated to is to doing our best to have winners whose prize money will be shared and to be here for people who wish to experience first hand the whole world of racing and breeding”.Not everyone can attend every race but there is always live TV and DVD with the Club’s managers being well used to keeping up the flow of information and comment, before, during and after, and to doing their best to fill a season with enjoyment. In addition to the racing, a social programme of lunch parties, stud farm visits and stable visits will enhance the experience and allow STRAIGHT BAT RACING’s members to get up close and personal with the Club’s and other horses at various stages of their development. There is no extra charge for Members for these events and they can bring a guest at a reasonable guest charge.Allan Bloodlines has its own Cape Town office and is responsible for a substantial and growing portfolio of racehorses and broodmares in this country. In 2006, 16 of their selections ran in South Africa consisting of 11 winners up to Gr.2 level and 4 placed horses.