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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.