By David Brasch
WHEN now 25-year-old Jedda Cutlack first won a job among the race-day staff at Albion Park, she vowed she had no desire to have a greyhound of her own.
It was a declaration Jedda should not have made.
Greyhounds are now her driving force and early in August she trained her first winner when Kravitz (Cosmic Rumble-Miss Lauryn) swept around a fifth grade field over 431m at Ipswich to win running away.
And there was no prouder person at Ipswich that day than Jedda.
In the two and a half years she has been in the industry, Jedda has gone from having no desire to be hands-on to now having 19 greyhounds at her Park Ridge kennels, Kravitz in training, and the beautifully bred Lantana Lass waiting to come on season for her first venture into breeding.
How times have changed.
Jedda spent three years in law school before deciding it was not for her, then switched to vet nursing. In the meantime she had embarked on a hobby involvement with working dogs, German Shepherds to be precise, in the protection and tracking fields.
\”It was at the same time I saw the advertisement for race-day staff at Albion Park,\” said Jedda. \”I thought it would be a great job to get more experience with a different breed of dog.\”
Jedda\’s family, who live at Redlands (Brisbane), have no racing involvement, but since Jedda has become so involved in the industry, she has swayed them into attending a few race meetings.
Premier trainer Tom Tzouvelis, who moved to Park Ridge a few years ago, tempted Jedda into helping at his kennels, something she now does at least three days a week, sometimes more.
\”I have been spelling race dogs at home and also look after Tom\’s broodbitches here,\” she said.
It was through Tom that Jedda got the chance to train Kravitz.
\”He\’s had a few injuries and Tom was finding him hard to place,\” she said. \”So, I ended up with him a few months ago.
\”Tom has been my guiding light as far as training goes, but I\’ve got to know just about everyone in the industry in my work at Albion Park and I pick the brains of so many to learn the training secrets.\”
These days Jedda\’s work at Albion Park is mostly on trial nights and she has had a long stint as starter.
\”Tom gets me to help out on race nights with his dogs, so trial nights suits me with work at Albion Park,\” she said.
Of Kravitz\’s victory, her first as a trainer, Jedda admits she ‘went off a little bit’ such was her joy at the win.
\”I\’d love to get a few more race dogs,\” she said. \”That would be nice.
\”Bill and Jan Warner have given me Lantana Lass and I\’m looking at putting her to Mepunga Blazer for her next litter. But, I change my mind about a suitable sire for her just about every day.\”
Her family like an occasional visit to the track and Jedda has been trying to tempt her dad into buying a pup or two.
Jedda reckons she knows just where he can find a successful trainer for them.
Pictured: Young Queensland trainer Jedda Cutlack with Kravitz after a debut win at Ipswich (Photo: Just Greyhound Photos)