Battling Amanda gives Riverina crew a thrill

A RIVERINA syndicate will be hoping a lifelong dream of group 1 success can come to fruition when Amanda Von lines up in the final of the $125,000 NSW Breeders Challenge at Menangle on Sunday.

Trained at Narrandera by David Kennedy and driven by Jarrod Alchin, Amanda Von has made a rapid rise through the grades since joining Kennedy’s stables in January.

The ultra-consistent filly has won three races and run a further 11 placings including a third in the semi-final of the Breeders’ Challenge at Menangle last Saturday night.

Local sporting identity Glenn Teesdale, Albury jockey Simon Miller and former Mobile service station proprietor Lindy Walsh are among the part-owners.

Teesdale said no matter what the result on Sunday, Amanda Von have given the sydnicate the ride of a lifetime culminating in the thrill of having a group 1 runner.

“When we bought her we thought she was a trier but with limited ability,” Teesdale said.

“David was always confident he could pinch a few wins around the Riverina with her but to have a runner in a group 1 final is beyond our wildest dreams.

“She has just thrived since joining David’s stables and although not blessed with a blistering turn of foot she has the ability to grind away at her rivals.

“Last week was the perfect example when she sat in the death seat for three-quarters of the race but still battled on like a caged tiger over the concluding stages to finish a close up third to Whereibylong who will start favourite on Sunday.”

Amanda Von has a horror draw to overcome after being handed gate 12 in the final field of 12 runners.

TAB fixed odds rates Amanda Von as a $41 chance.