Brendan McShane Profile


Brendan McShane was an apprentice jockey in Tasmania and enjoyed a career with a peer group of jockeys that have been admired by decades of racing public.

His finest win as an apprentice was on Someos in Tasmania’s 3 year old fillies Listed Strutt Stakes. This filly was bred by his father Walter Mcshane’s cousin Geoff.

Weight forced him out of the saddle after a stint at Caulfield and at Devonport with Hall of Fame trainer Len Dixon.

He completed his apprenticeship with the legendary rider of Red Rum ‘Tommy Stack’ in Tipperary Ireland. Returning to Tasmania he turned to training and won with his first horse Chinny Chin Chin but wanted to be licensed to ride over jumps and train horses simultaneously however such a licence was not available – so he rode over jumps.

Winning his first ride over jumps at Deloraine on his favourite horse ‘Off the Show’ remains a career highlight. More wins followed but his career was cut short by one bad fall.

After many years on the sidelines where he sold life insurance, learnt how to call horse races, milked cows and farmed, he got the itch to resume training. The only thing standing in his way was a successful small business of manufacturing and exporting beauty products with clients at 5 star level Australia and World Wide.

Brendan wants to train horses and is committed enough to let go the beauty products and service clients as racehorse trainer with all the experiences gained from every aspect of his training on a horse stud, to using the very latest equipment available to the mind. Today’s fast developing world of an adaption of sport science to the world of horse training on treadmills, using and analysing heart rates taken from  horses in real time is fulfilling and challenging. Today’s owner demands the best and in comparison to the old world of training to what can be done now, modern practice expectations are leaving yesterday’s industry behind. He makes his own mud wraps for reducing swelling which have already been commercially sold to the export market for humans.

In his short career in training he has won a couple in Melbourne at Mooney Valley and Sandown with hit and run raiders. He worked as assistant trainer to his father in the preparation of Norsqui, the 2013 Adelaide Cup winner and Sydney Cup runner up.

Coupled with this is his vast experience in business and the understanding of the modern days owner expectations of the internet and their own need for knowledge.

Brendan welcomes you to his stable and rates horse racing relationships as his 'reason for being' in this wonderful lifestyle of racing.