Glistian’s Game Of The Name

A great day out in the name of charity and fun

Turffontein will play host to a unique racing social event on Sunday 30 June when Joao da Mata and the Glistian Events team host a day at the races with a difference.

“Our focus has always been on the journey rather than the destination, and we are inviting anybody and everybody to join us for an unforgettable day in the Aquanaut Room. At worst, you will have some great fun, outstanding food and wine, and terrific entertainment for just R350 a head. At best you can get involved in our yearling colt for an all in lifetime once-off cost of R1600 – and that includes the price of the lunch, booze and entertainment!” says Joao as he enthusiastically tells the Sporting Post about the naming ceremony that is a first in SA racing.

“We have the kind assistance of the National Horseracing Authority, who will have personnel on duty on the day. Everybody who has bought into our new colt will have the opportunity to nominate a name. We will have software that will list the names and afford everybody the chance of voting from the list of nominations. So the smashing Blue Sky Thoroughbreds bred colt will be named as the sun sets, once the NHA have ratified the acceptance!”

The colt, who is out of the Riverton Stud-bred four-time winning stakes-placed Twice Over filly Twice As Smart will be paraded before racing by the Tony Peter Racing Team

“It’s not your conventional day at the races. Between every race we will be doing something. From fund-raising for the Highveld Horse Care Unit, to hospitality from our MC Gift Ngwenya, to Piere Strydom and other guest speakers, the Vet, the Farrier, Heads and Tails, prizes and the rest, and hopefully a representative of the breeder, we want everybody to just have fun.”

When questioned as to the cost of the share, Joao explains that there are 350 shares, of which Glistian Events will retain 50, with the balance of 300 shares each available at a R1 600 once-off cost.

“Our take-up of shares has been great and we hope to have a full house on the day. We intend to take the concept to KZN and the Cape too,” he adds.

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