AFL stars Dane Swan and Dale Thomas have taken their love of the sport of kings a step further by teaming up with their mates Ben Vague and Shane Cunningham in a new venture called Blue Moon Racing, and they're inviting their fans to join them.
Members of the Blue Moon racing punters club tip in $7 a week to be a part of an entertaining way to race a few horses together.
"We didn't just want to put a syndicate together," said Cunningham, "and as we've all had fun in punters clubs over the years we thought it would be great to team up with a couple of pro racing analysts, have a few bets with members each week and put any proceeds towards racing horses in our colours. At a few bucks a week it's not sheep stations and it's a fun way for people to get involved in the industry."
The boys have teamed up with analyst David Gately for his weekly selections, and social sportsbetting startup PuntClub.com, which provides the punters club management technology to manage communications and keep track of the money.
"It would be a bit of a challenge running it without the Punt Club's help," Cunningham said. "This way everything is transparent for members and the online platform makes it easy. All we have to do now is help Gator find a few winners!"
As well as the punters club banter and getting to the races, the Blue Moon crew are planning a number of events thoughout the year where members can meet Dane and Daisy and swap racing stories. Blue Moon is sponsoring a race this Saturday at Caulfield for the Jockey Trust, and Dane will be there to present the trophy to the winning connections. There are memberships still available so anyone interested can go to BlueMoonRacing.com to be a part of it.
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PuntClub.com is a social sportsbetting startup that lets groups of mates run their punters clubs online, without the admin nightmare usually associated with such an exercise. Incubated in Adelaide, South Australia, by digital agency The Distillery, Punt Club looks forward to the day when every sporting club, office social group, or bunch of mates, runs a punters club in the same way they run their footy tipping competitions.