Caption: Young trainer Jedda Cutlack gets a congratulatory kiss from industry stalwart and catcher Keith Sternberg after landing her first winning treble at Ipswich with (from top) Viva Belle, Dynamite Travis and Dynamic Trav. (Photos: Just Greyhound Photos)
Mike Hill tracks the nation’s multiple winners
JEDDA Cutlack is one of a growing number of young women making a name for herself in the greyhound industry.
Although she\’s only had her trainer\’s licence for 18 months, Jedda, 25, recently rugged up her first winning treble at Ipswich.
\”I had been lucky enough to have a double at Capalaba previously but this was my first treble,\” she said proudly.
\”It didn\’t really sink in until I was driving home after the meeting.
\”It felt really good as I did it with the only three dogs I had in work at the time.
\”You work hard and it\’s great when something like this happens.\”
Cutlack\’s success came at a Tuesday meeting in late January when she was successful with Viva Belle ($7) and two Cyndie Elson-owned sprinters, Dynamite Travis ($3.50) and Dynamic Trav ($6.50).
\”I had wanted to start training more dogs and I was lucky and fortunate to get a couple from the Elsons – Bill and Cyndie,\” she said.
\”As a young trainer, I am extremely grateful that the Elsons have shown confidence in me.\”
Jedda said she had always liked and appreciated dogs bred for working purposes.
As a member of the kennel and track staff at Albion Park she got to see and work with greyhounds, but \’I didn\’t have to take them home\’.
However, she gradually warmed to the idea of getting more involved and decided to launch into the training caper, hoping it could become financially rewarding.
And she\’s glad she did.
Cutlack, who has four dogs in work at her Park Ridge base with another coming back from injury, said she was happy with her progress.
She said she was a member of a \’good group of young trainers and handlers in Brisbane at the moment\’.
Her short-term goal is to have more dogs racing over longer trips at Albion Park.
\”At the moment I am racing mainly at Ipswich and Capalaba,\” she said.
But training is not her only interest … recently she ventured into the breeding side of the industry.
\”I have a litter of six puppies by Mepunga Blazer from Lantana Lass and I\’d like to see them do well,\” Jedda said.
\”I\’m rearing them and, hopefully, I will be able to train a couple.\”
Until then, she hopes to continue her progress as a young trainer on the rise.
Meanwhile, winners have been coming thick and fast for two trainers at opposite ends of the country.
Victoria\’s leading conditioner Andrea Dailly rugged up six winners at a meeting at The Meadows, while Darwin\’s Steele Bolton matched the feat at Winnellie Park.
Dailly capped off a big night adding a first four and two quinellas to her haul of winners – Tybolt Bale ($5.60), Lala Kiwi ($2.90), Shima Classic ($2.80), Daph\’s Ascend ($9), Aston Corinna ($11.70) and Qwara Bale ($2.40 fav).
But that wasn\’t her only multiple win meeting during the month.
The Anakie-based trainer landed a quartet of winners at Ballarat and a treble at both The Meadows and Geelong.
Bolton\’s \’big six\’- Recreational ($2.10 fav), Great Knock ($1.50 fav), Pepperberry ($3.70), El Donberto ($2.60 fav), Judah Ben Hur ($4.30) and Snoop A Loop ($1.90 fav) – came after the young trainer had rugged up a winning five, a quartet of winners and a winning treble in the previous two weeks.
Illabo-based Peter Sims continued his early 2021 track success, rugging up five winners at Temora.
It followed a four-win haul at the previous meeting, although the trainer said that should have also been a five-win day.
\”There was a no race with one of the races we won,\” he said.
Sims\’ five winners were Short Ticket ($2 fav), Sycamore Iris ($1.50 fav), Moment Of Bliss ($2.70 fav), Princess Zeal ($1.65 fav) and Chance Your Arm ($4).
The trainer has a big opinion of Moment Of Bliss but said \’she has some quirks\’.
Others to rug up four winners included Anthony Bullock at Launceston, Lauren Harris (Murray Bridge), Michael Brauer (Albion Park), Adam Poulter (Darwin), Jeff Crawford (Capalaba), Chris Halse (Cannington) and David Hobby (Cannington).
A host of trainers landed winning trebles during the month.
NSW: Jason Mackay (at Maitland), Joshua Hall (Richmond), Raymond Smith (Wentworth Park), Leeanne Walker (Kempsey, Taree), Jody Lord (Wentworth Park), Andrew Bell (Dapto, Richmond), Merle Clarke (Coonamble) and Neil Staines (Temora).
Victoria: Darren Fisher (Warrnambool), Bill McMahon (Sale), Donna Knight (Bendigo), Scott Stefanos (Geelong) and Gary McMillan (Healesville).
Queensland: Darren Johnstone (Ipswich), Jedda Cutlack (Ipswich), Darren Taylor (Rockhampton) and Pauline Byers (Ipswich).
SA: Tony Rasmussen (Angle Park twice), Lisa Rasmussen (Angle Park), David Peckham (Mt Gambier), Tracie Price (Mt Gambier), Scott Feltus (Mt Gambier), Tim Richards (Murray Bridge) and Kevin Ward (Mt Gambier).
WA: Damien Crudeli (Mandurah), Joe Dailly (Cannington) and Chris Halse Mandurah).
Tasmania: Anthony Bullock (Devenport, Hobart) and Blake Pursell (Hobart).