Jedda sets sights on Auction double

Caption: Trainer Jedda Cutlack who is hoping to launch a three-pronged crack at the Ipswich Auction Series which kicks off with the heats on April 2. (Photo: Just Greyhound Photos)

By MIKE HILL

YOUNG Park Ridge-based trainer Jedda Cutlack  is hoping to launch a powerful trio of runners at this month’s $59,500 Group 3R Ipswich Auction Series (520m).

Cutlack will also be attempting to complete the Ipswich 431m-520m Auction Series double after smart chaser Red Buzz won a drama-packed $21,000 Auction Sprint last month.

“I thought she could win but I wasn’t sure if she would win,” she said.

“And we got a bit of luck in running.”

A mix-up on the top turn between leaders Where’s The Ford ($4.80) and $2.50 favourite Building Success gifted $6 hope Red Buzz a saloon run through along the fence.

The red fawn bitch (Zambora Brockie-Larsie Lou) grabbed her chance and raced away for an impressive five-and-three-quarter-lengths victory in 25.31s from the Ned Snow-trained San Polo ($3.10) with Robert Greensill’s This Is Sirius ($61) another three-quarters of a length back third.

“Although luck played a part in our win, Red Buzz had put herself in a good position on the fence behind the leaders,” the trainer said.

“She had jumped well and was tight on the rails.”

“I felt for (trainer) Greg Stella. His dog (Black Comanche) suffered severe interference in the Vince Curry final (in early February) and it happened again (with Building Success) in this race.”

The victory took Red Buzz’s record to four wins and six placings from 14 starts and lifted her prizemoney to $23,425, while elevating Cutlack’s reputation as one of greyhound racing’s rising young trainers.

It was a big night for Jedda, who also rugged up a winning treble – her second in her short career.

Her other winners were the very smart sprinter Tungsten Miss and the former WA chaser Lily Monelli.

The enthusiastic 26-year-old has only been involved in the sport for a bit over four years and training for two.

Teaming up with premier trainer Tom Tzouvelis, she led in her first winner, Kravitz, at Ipswich in early August, 2020, and her stocks have been on the rise ever since.

Cutlack confirmed that Red Buzz and Tungsten Miss were, hopefully, heading towards the $40,000-to-the-winner Ipswich Auction Series (heats April 2, semi-finals April 9, final April 16) and she has her fingers crossed that super smart youngster She’s Sweet will also be right for the series.

She’s Sweet hasn’t raced since falling in the Vince Curry Memorial Maiden final at Ipswich in early February.

The Zambora Brockie-Larsie Lou youngster had run a sensational 30.18s in winning her semi-final seven nights earlier, beating eventual series winner Shipwreck by almost 14 lengths.

“She’s a work in progress, although she’s close to being ready for a comeback,” said Cutlack.

“Hopefully, she’ll be right come Auction race time.

“She deserves a change of luck.”

She’s Sweet has raced only four times for two sensational victories. However, she suffered falls in the other two runs.

She fell in her first race start in a heat of the Dave Brett Memorial Maiden series over 520m at Albion Park in mid-November.

“She came back from that fall okay,” the trainer said.

“I’m expecting her to do the same this time.

“We know she’s got a lot of ability but she needs more race experience.”

Cutlack said she had trialled She’s Sweet at Maitland and Wentworth Park last month.

“I’m happy with her progress,” she said.

“At this stage she’s heading in the right direction.

“Hopefully, she’s back racing soon.

“She’s the fastest of the Auction trio, while Tungsten Miss has a couple of lengths on Red Buzz.”

A proud Cutlack added: “All three girls were bred here, so we have been lucky to have success with home-bred dogs lately.”

 

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