Appmat clinches Hobart Cup berth

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PROMISING stayer Appmat secured a start in next month’s TAB Hobart Cup with a defiant all-the-way win in the Brighton Cup over 2100m in Hobart on Friday.

The Brighton Cup was the first of two races to offer the winner ballot-free entry into the Hobart Cup with the Summer Cup the remaining ballot-free race to be run in Hobart on Sunday fortnight over 2200 metres and under weight-for-age conditions.

Victorian rider Nikita Beriman gave the Brendan McShane-trained gelding a gun ride, settling the seven-year-old on the speed and when the challenges came in the home straight the gelded son of Matsqui refused to wilt and had no trouble fending off a determined challenge from classy mare Geegees Goldengirl.

The six-year-old gelding had won benchmark races over 2100m and 2400m at his two previous starts but his rating was so low (72) that he ran the risk of being balloted out of a Hobart Cup start.

His winning margin was almost a length over Geegees Goldengirl with Bidirectional flashing home late to grab third about four lengths astern.

McShane was delighted with the result.

“We’ve always known that getting into a Hobart Cu would be the tricky part but now we don’t have to worry and that will be his next start,” McShane said.

“He is just a dour stayer so he won’t need another run before the Hobart Cup and if everything pans out we might even have a crack at the Adelaide Cup because the 3200 metres won’t be a bother to him.”

The TAB Hobart Cup will be run over 2400 metres on February 10 with the TAB Launceston Cup 17 days later.

The Adelaide Cup will be run on March 11 but if he Appmat wins the Hobart Cup he could bypass the Launceston Cup to tackle the Adelaide race.

Watch Appmat score an emphatic win in the Brighton Cup in Hobart on Friday.

Bold front-runner Hugo defies rivals in $20,000 iconic race

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Neither the trainer or jockey had raced at the track before but that didn’t stop them winning Tuesday’s $20,000 Longford Cup with bold front-runner Hugo.

Although he has trained for many years, Broadmarsh-based Brendan McShane had never previously had a runner at the iconic country venue.

And, 19-year-old Victorian apprentice Alex Patis was also a first-time participant at the annual New Year’s Day meeting.

Hugo, a $7 chance, gave a bold display to hold out in-foal mare Geegees Goldengirl by a short head, with favourite Zatacla 1-¼ lengths away third.

Patis, who is on loan to Spreyton trainer Adam Trinder, was thrilled to record the biggest win of her short career.

“It’s pretty awesome to win my first cup on a day like this,” she said.

“I’ve only had three or four rides for Brendan but we’re starting to rack up a pretty good strike-rate.”

Patis said that Hugo was always going nicely.

“He traveled like a good horse,” she said. “They took him on rounding the home turn but he kept fighting to the line.”

McShane said winning the Longford Cup had sentimental value to his family.

“This will bring back special memories back for Dad (Walter) who brought a fair few horses here years ago,” the trainer said.

“I don’t think he ever won the cup.

“The last time I was here was with Dad’s horse Ticking Away who won a lot of big races but just couldn’t get around this track.”

In contrast, the tight circuit was perfect for eight-year-old Hugo.

“If ever there was a horse that was going to be suited by Longford, it’s this one,” McShane said.

“Then to get in the race with only 51 kilograms … it was a present.

“I didn’t think it was possible to find an apprentice that could ride that light.”

Pint-sized Patis can ride even lighter – at 49kg –  if need be.

Patis was the fourth apprentice in a row to win the Longford Cup, following in the footsteps of Sherry Barr, Stephanie Thornton and Teagan Voorham.

McShane will now consider a Devonport Cup start for Hugo while runner-up Geegees Goldengirl will probably head to the Brighton and Summer cups at Elwick.

Third placegetter Zatacla was the best-backed runner ($2.90 into $2.80) but raced a bit keenly and, after making a sharp forward move before the home turn, had little left to offer in the straight.

However, it was only his fourth run after a spell and he was jumping from 1400m to 1800m so he should be more race-hardened if he also goes to the Devonport Cup.

The field for next Wednesday’s $100,000 Devonport Cup will be finalised on Friday.

Eight from eight in Tassie for Hot Dipped in Strutt Stakes

The Tasmanian Oaks will be a topic for discussion after top local filly Hot Dipped remained unbeaten in her home state with her success in Sunday's Listed Strutt Stakes (2100m) at Hobart.

Hot Dipped has won her eight starts in Tasmania over distances ranging from 1100m to 2100m but trainer Brendan McShane said connections would decide whether to go again in the Tasmanian Oaks (also 2100m) at Launceston on February 19.

"I can't see anything stopping her from doing that," McShane said. "But we'll sit down and discuss it."

McShane said he gave jockey Bulent Muhcu a single instruction when legging him onto the daughter of Written Tycoon before the rider perfectly carried out his orders.

"I only gave Bulent one instruction, to not use her brutal let-down speed to creep into the race," McShane said.

"Average out the sections and you'll see why he went for home so early. That was my instruction, balance out the sections and you'll win."

Muhcu let Hot Dipped travel comfortably in the second half of the field for the first 1400m before easing her wide to improve into the race slowly from the 700m.

Hot Dipped ($1.70 fav) was in striking distance of the leaders on the home turn before her turn of foot proved too much for her opposition in the straight as she strode to her eighth win from 11 starts by three-quarters of a length over Wyuna ($20.30).

The Lindsay Park-trained Triband ($10.10) was a long neck further back in third while the $ 4.30 second pick Rodin's Doll finished seventh after getting back in the field.

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Hot Dipped passes test with flying colours

STAR three-year-old filly Hot Dipped proved beyond doubt she is the queen of the Tasmanian turf by scoring an emphatic win in the $100,000 Listed Strutt Stakes over 2100 metres at Luxbet Park Hobart yesterday.

The Brendan McShane-trained filly went into the race unbeaten from seven starts in the state but she had never raced beyond 1600 metres so it was to be an acid test as connections looked towards the Tasmanian Oaks.

“We always knew this race would tell us whether or not she was capable of winning beyond 1600 metres and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” McShane said.

“Winning like she did today proves we were on the right track and to say I am happy would be a gross understatement.”

Hot Dipped started favourite at $1.70 but there was solid support for interstate invader Triband from the David Hayes and Tom Dabernig stable that tumbled in to $4.30 after the heavily backed Victorian filly Blue Ocean was scratched at the barrier after injuring her stifle when she became fractious in the barriers.

Rider Bulent Muhcu had Hot Dipped settled beyond midfield while Husson’s Kiss set a solid tempo in front with Triband settled third on the fence.

When Muhcu sent Hot Dipped three-wide she crept into the race and when he called on her for the supreme effort turning for home she quickly hauled in the leaders and went on to score comfortably from Wyuna with Triband hanging on for third ahead of the fast-finishing Toorak Affair from the Troy Blacker stable.

“Today she proved a lot of things to a lot of people and for me she is now clearly the best I have ridden since I’ve been in this state,” Muhcu said.

“Im not sure what Brendan (McShane) is planning in the immediate future but the way she handled this race today you would think the Oaks is well within her grasp.”

Hot Dipped (Written Tycoon-Galvanized) has won eight from as many tries in Tasmania that includes two listed races that has increased her broodmare value ten-fold.

McShane said he would wait a few days before deciding whether to progress the filly to the $100,000 Tasmanian Oaks (2100m) in Launceston on February 19.

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Hot Dipped Oaks bound

STAR three-year-old filly Hot Dipped is poised to tackle the Strutt Stakes on her way to the Tasmanian Oaks following her comfortable win in the Steve’s Liquor $30,000 Thousand Guineas over 1600m under lights in Launceston last night.

It was her fourth win of the season and victory kept her unbeaten record in Tasmania intact from six starts.

Hot Dipped’s rider Bulent Muhcu had intended to ride the filly forward but when she missed the start he was forced to reconsider his options and decided to let her fall back to last.

Muhcu set the filly alight 650 metres from home and by the time she hit the home turn she had the leaders covered and she went on to score by a length from Catalyst Fire with race leader Husson’s Kiss a distant third.

The Brendan McShane-trained filly has made a clean sweep so far of the three-year-old features winning the $50,000 3YO Cup, 3YO Trophy and $100,000 Listed Tasmanian Guineas over 1600m prior to last night’s triumph.

McShane confirmed the filly will now head to the Strutt Stakes over 2100 metres on Hobart Cup day (February 5) after which connections will decide whether to push on  to the Tasmanian Oaks in Launceston on February 19.

“I am confident the filly will stay and that’s why we will head her to the Strutt Stakes over 2100m and if I’m right her last start this preparation will be in the Tasmanian Oaks,” McShane said.

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Hot Dipped keeps unbeaten Tasmanian record intact in Guineas

HOT DIPPED confirmed her status as a star when she delivered another brilliant performance, this time to win the $100,000 Tasmanian Guineas  at Luxbet Park Hobart today.

With Bulent Muhcu in the saddle, the Brendan McShane-trained three-year-old had to overcome being held up with seemingly nowhere to go turning for home to emerge triumphant in the Listed event over 1600 metres.

It was her third win from as many starts this season and it kept intact her unbeaten Tasmanian record from six outings.

Hot Dipped ($1.80) settled midfield with outsider Gee Gee Rich Ruby ($61) quick from the gates to lead comfortably.

The well-backed Hard Empire ($7 into $5.50) content to race outside of the favourite and smart filly Life on the Wire ($7.50) was hurried from the gates to settle second.

When the tempo slowed noticeably at the half-way mark, rider Daniel Ganderton set his charge Zatacla alight which clapped on the speed as he cruised alongside the leader nearing the home turn.

But when the speed slowed Hot Dipped was shuffled back to near the rear of the field and looked to be in a bit of trouble but her rider stayed calm and when the field hit the home straight the gaps appeared.

Life on the Wire hit the front but when Muhcu aimed his filly into a gap she sprinted quickly and went on to defeat Life on the Wire by a long neck with Zatacla over five lengths away third.

McShane was not at the track as he was recovering from emergency surgery at the  Royal Hobart Hospital to repair a damaged vertebra in his neck.

However, his stable foreman Edwin Batt was trackside and he spoke to’s Peter Staples after the race.

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Hot Dipped sizzles in 3YO trophy

STAR three-year-old filly Hot Dipped kept her unbeaten record in Tasmania intact when she powered her way to an impressive win in the Armidale Stud 3YO Trophy over 1400 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston tonight.

The Brendan McShane-trained filly was last season’s top two-year-old and this time in she has added the 3YO Cup and 3YO trophy to her CV.

“I was a bit anxious for a while during her race when she was bottled up on the rails with nowhere to go but somehow Bulent (jockey Muhcu) found a clear space and she did what I expected he to do,” McShane said.

Hot Dipped has won at her only five starts in Tasmania, three last season and two this time in.

The filly will now be aimed at the Listed $100,000 Tasmanian Guineas next month.

“We are looking to get as much black type wins onto her profile and the Tasmanian Guineas looks like a nice place to start,” he said.

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Hot Dipped demolishes top field in 3YO Cup

LAST season’s top Tasmanian two-year-old Hot Dipped returned to racing in her home state in a blaze of glory when she scored an emphatic win in the $50,000 3YO Cup over 1200 metres at the Luxbet Racing Centre in Launceston last night.

Hot Dipped ventured to Melbourne at the end of her two-year-old campaign and again at the start of this season without making an impact.

But back against her own age and on the track that gave her wins in the Magic Millions Classic and the $100,000 Gold Sovereign last season she relished the first-up challenge.

The Brendan McShane-trained filly settled last and rider Bulent Muhcu was content to allow her time to find her feet in a hot pace set by Count Montague.

Life on the Wire tracked the leader to the home turn where rider David Pires sent her to the front and she kicked two lengths clear upon straightening for the run home.

But Muhcu had chartered a course through the field and had Hot Dipped poised to pounce 250 metres out and when he called on the daughter of Written Tycoon for the big effort, she cruised to the lead and went on to win comfortably from Gee Gee Double Dee and Life on the Wire.

“I have always been confident this filly would be a good three-year-old and tonight I think she proved to everyone how good she is,” McShane said.

“She will head towards the Tasmanian Guineas and then we will map out a program that will hopefully take her to the Strutt Stakes and the Tasmanian Oaks.”

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Tasmanian trainer Brendan McShane has smart filly Hot Dipped "wound up”

Courtesy of - Brad Waters - 09/08/16. Hot Dipped has been in Melbourne for the best part of a month and had two jumpouts at Caulfield in that time. The daughter of Written Tycoon completed her preparation with a smart gallop at Caulfield on Tuesday morning.

"She just had a bit of a dash up over the last 400m on the course proper," McShane said. "I was happy with that. She's wound up for Saturday."

Hot Dipped won her three Tasmanian starts but good margins before finishing fifth at her mainland debut in the Group II VRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in March.

McShane said the three-year-old showed she had come to the end of her maiden campaign in her Flemington outing but the trip to Victoria could have been the making on Hot Dipped.

It was a fact-finding mission and she was definitely at the end because she'd had three runs in five weeks in Tassie and then lobbed here," McShane said at Caulfield on Tuesday morning.

"She still had a lot of long hair in her coat and we were hoping and we got an OK run.

"She responded to the trip very well. She did very well on her feed and her coat dropped out and she relaxed well."

McShane kept Hot Dipped in light work for a few weeks on her return to Tasmania before the Broadmarsh trainer ramped up the filly's build-up to the Quezette Stakes.

"She's settled in really well. She's eating everything and is really relaxed in her work but she's just got a little bit fired up since here last jumpout," McShane said.

"She's going as well as she can."

Ladbrokes has Hot Dipped as a $15 chance in its 'all-in' market on the Quezette Stakes. Dwayne Dunn will ride Hot Dipped on Saturday.

McShane to test new beauty product

Courtesy of - 9 March, 2016 - Luke Sheehan. Be it dairy farming or horse training, Brendan McShane has always started off with low expectations and risen to soaring heights.

The Tasmanian horseman heads to Flemington on Saturday with unbeaten filly Hot Dipped, and is set to take on juveniles from the stables of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Peter and Paul Snowden, Mick Price and Peter Moody.

McShane, based north-west of Hobart at Broadmarsh, had humble new beginnings following his career as a jockey.

He started milking cows after a stint selling insurance, and has gone on to develop an international business with milk-based beauty products, serving the likes of the Hilton, the Four Seasons and even the Wynn Hotel and Casino in Macau.

"I was never trained to be a beauty products consultant, or manufacturer. It was just an absolute joke that turned into a profitable business," McShane told's Racing Ahead on RSN 927.

Now, McShane is hoping to emulate his meteoric rise in his business with his Written Tycoon filly, who has shown herself to be well and truly beyond Tasmanian class - hence booking her ticket to Saturday's Group 2 MSS Security Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m).

The trainer said despite Hot Dipped's resounding success in her first three starts - she has won by a combined 13 lengths - her mainland debut will be the litmus test.

"It's a matter of trying her out against the opposition that are carefully ranked by the RVL handicappers," McShane said.

"The benchmark order of these horses are significant, compared to what we've been racing against down in Tassie.

"We're certainly putting our toe in the water, and we acknowledge that it's a much, much harder race than what she's faced before."

Jockey Ibrahim Gundogdu steered Hot Dipped to her most resounding win so far - an eight-length romp at start number two - and is booked to ride from barrier four of nine.

McShane reported that while not everything went to plan transporting her to Robert Smerdon's Caulfield stables, the filly - a daughter of Galvanized - has shown herself to be quite calm in a crisis.

"It didn't quite go to plan. She got stuck in traffic after an accident in the tunnel," McShane said.

"We turned her back and went to Calder for a few hours, got off the truck and ate and drank.

"She's a very relaxed horse, and thankfully she's taken the travelling really well."

No matter the result, McShane said she will venture back to Melbourne as a three-year-old - undoubtedly alongside some of his other important cargo.