8 June 2014 - Last year 26-year-old Christchurch-born Amanda Grieve returned to Australia after serving an 'apprenticeship' with master NZ horseman Tony Herlihy. Last night at Lord's Raceway Bendigo, Grieve let everyone know she was in business as a trainer, harnessing up her first race winner, Tandias Bromac in the Empire Stallions Super Series 4yo Vicbred mares, 1st heat. The Thompson Bloodstock owned daughter of Art Major that stems from the same family as Bendigo great Mother Courage led all the way to win the Stakes heat impressively for driver Chris Alford in a MR of 1.58.1 for the 2150 metre distance. Glenferrie Shuffle (Jodi Quinlan) charged home for second with Im Smouldering in third place. But the night belonged to former Dean Braun stable employee Grieve, a young lady described by Herlihy who was her boss and mentor for 8 years as "one of his most valued workers." Grieve has had plenty of good teachers including her father Paul and and on leaving school she had a good grounding with Paul Fitzpatrick in New South Wales and with (Uncle) Dennis Wilson. Greive went to NZ to watch Elsu win the 2005 Inter Dominion at Alexandra Park and got a job with Herlihy where she had many highlights working at his Ardmore barn. "I got to work with so many good horses like Western Dream, Ohoka Punter and of course One Over Kenny. She was my favourite," Grieve told harnesslink. Grieve did a lot of the behind-the-scenes work with One Over Kenny and rated her second Rowe Cup win as a career highlight. "She was also the first trotting mare to win $1 million. I loved that horse. I'll never forget her," Grieve said. Grieve has also worked as a starter's assistant for six years and on premier nights can be seen leading the horses back into the bird cage. (David Aldred with the files of harnesslink)
8 June 2014 - Dual Group 1 winner Brunelleschi dominated the 2014 Bendigo Bank Bendigo Trotters Cup at Lord's Raceway Saturday night exploding away over the final 400 metres to win by more than 6 metres. Back in top form for trainer/driver Amy Tubbs and backing up from last week's slashing third to Keystone Del in last week's John Slack Memorial Cup at Ballarat, Brunelleschi raced outside the race leader for most of the 2650 metre trip before Tubbs hit the "go button" approaching the final bend. Brunelleschi raced away with a Cup winning lead while local hope Stephen John (Graeme Maher) was held up in traffic after racing three back on the marker pegs most of the way. Stephen John used the sprint lane to charge home into second place with last weeks NSW Marathon winner Tsonga (David Moran) putting in his usual tradesman-like performance to finish third. Amy Tubb's sister Jess was on hand to collect the winners silver Cup on behalf of her mother Kate who races Brunelleschi, now the winner of 13 of his 26 starts. Brunelleschi is by Tennotrump from Box Brownie and breeder Michael Pangrazio of Staffordshire Park was on track and was called upon by the Club to rug the Cup winner. Other feature race winners last night were Tiavons Dream (3yo Trot Classic), Frankie Valley (Bendigo Guineas), Tandias Bromac (4yo Vicbred SS) and Sketchman (2yo Vicbred SS) - (David Aldred)
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