Amanda Grieve was a star acquisiton at Kentuckiana Lodge after returning to NZ in 2016.

Amanda Grieve

Amanda, a daughter of former Ashburton horseman Paul Grieve (based in Australia working for Dennis Wilson and John Caldow in latter years), is worth the equivalent of three people, according to her employer, Cran Dalgety.

“Her organisation and efficiency is very valued here,” he said.

“We were lucky to get her. When I heard she was coming back to New Zealand I snapped her up.”

Amanda is very qualified, having assisted top northern trainer Tony Herlihy for eight years.

She then moved to Victoria, assisting successful trainer Dean Braun for three years, and took over running his stable when Braun had a stint on the sidelines.

Amanda tasted Group One success training in Victoria when she prepared Im Corzin Terror to beat NZ star Terror To Love in the 2014 $100,000 Ballarat Cup.

She also won the Maryborough Cup with the same ex-Canterbury pacer, and also other fast ex-Canterbury pacers, Chilli Palmer, (1:51.5) and Tandias Bromac (1:53.7) for a time in Victoria.

“You can send her away with a team of horses and you know everything will be done to the last detail,” Cran said.