Hot Mix Sizzles At Ascot

Ascot trainer Martin Allan believes he has unearthed an exciting filly with Hot Mix scoring a top win to keep her unbeaten record in tact at Ascot on Wednesday.

The three-year-old was well fancied on the back of winning a Pinjarra maiden (1200m) and comfortably outclassed her rivals in the Tabtouch-Better Your Bet Handicap (1100m).

“We’ve been very patient with her,” Allan said.

“Just after her first–up win the penny has really dropped with her.

“Even in her track work she is a lot more keener.

“She used to lob a long and didn’t really know what it was all about.

“She is going to win some nice 1400m races.”

Carrying the Oakland Park colours made famous by Northerly, Allan said Hot Mix would target a feature race in Bunbury next January.”

“I might put her in the paddock for a week,” Allan said.

“Something like the Bunbury Breeders Classic (1400m) is a kind of race we will target with her.”

Ridden by Mitch Pateman, Hot Mix settled off speed and charged home powerfully from fourth position.

Heavily backed into $1.70 favouritism, she defeated Janaura by 1 ¼ lengths with a further length to More Snitzel.

“She is a lovely type of horse,” Allan said.

“She has a bright future, that’s for sure.”

Pateman echoed Allan’s high opinion of Hot Mix. He was glad to pick up the plum ride after partnering her in a warm up trial in November.

The top rider believes she is a horse with a bright future.

“She has been nice from day one,” Pateman said.

“She probably did it easier than I thought she would.

“She should get further and everything’s up from here.

“She covered them pretty quick and I didn’t have to put one around her tail.

“She ran away from them.”

The WA Breeders Classic, a Listed event, is run at Bunbury on January 31.

Julio Santarelli