Oaks-bound Amanikan impressive first-up

Jan 02, 2019

It was a second generation winner for the stable at Sandown on Wednesday, the well related and promising Amanikan impressive claiming her maiden at only her second start.

Not having the best of luck in a handy maiden at her Geelong debut last June, Amanikan was given time to mature and has come up well - Michael Kent confident that the best is still to come.

"She is a very big, strong, robust filly who due to her size just takes a while to get into gear," he said.

"She has always shown me enough, she has got a big tank and she will run ten furlongs and further later on."

"The important thing at the moment is to get the wins on the board to get her rating up. I will space her runs as the autumn comes along pretty quickly and hopefully she might figure in some of those autumn Oaks races later on."

Jockey Beau Mertens was taken by the style of Amanikan's victory, describing her as "a nice progressive filly."

"She took a while to get there but I always knew I had them, once we got through the dip I was confident."

"She does everything right," he continued - "she sits and relaxes and travels comfortably and leaves a bit in the tank to be able to finish off, that is a good trait to have."

Ridden patiently by Mertens, Amanikan settled at the rear and was still last straightening - but as she put in the big strides out wide it was obvious that she was going to reel in her rivals.

A home-bred for Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm, Amanikan is the first live foal produced by the talented Savabeel mare My Emotion who won three races for the stable - her career highlights being successes in the Gr.2 Moonee Valley Oaks and the Gr.3 Thoroughbred Breeders' Stakes.

Not having had much luck at stud, Amanikan her only surviving foal to date, My Emotion was last spring served by rising star Zoustar.

A member of the prolific "Tennessee" family, Amanikan can boast amongst her relations the Group One winners Seabrook, Aloha and Malaguerra. Five of her first six dams - My Emotion, Tennessee Midnight, Tennessee Morn, Tennessee Vain and Misty Vain - are stakes winners.