Jeda's Girl In Grand Form For Gieshen

JEDA'S Girl is making a name for herself as a giant-killer and it’s a habit trainer Jenny Gieshen hopes continues at Sandown Park this Thursday night.

Adam Dobbin

15 January 2020

IN form sprinter Jeda’s Girl is making a name for herself as a giant-killer and it’s a habit trainer Jenny Gieshen concedes will need to continue if she’s to score at Sandown Park this Thursday night.

At Sandown last Thursday, the Gieshen-trained Jeda’s Girl shocked all and sundry when downing red-hot race favourite Thistle Smoke in the final event of the program in 29.60.

The victory was made even more meritorious by the fact that the nine-time winner gave the Angela Langton-trained Thistle Smoke a start and a beating, landing the prize at generous odds in powerhouse fashion.

Three days later, the daughter of Magic Sprite and Many Talents was at it again, leading all-the-way in a heat of the GRV Vic Bred series (515m), beating her far more fancied opposition at odds upwards of 20/1. The winning time, 29.52.


“I can’t put her form down to anything special; I just keep her happy and healthy here at home, that’s the main thing for me,” said an unassuming Gieshen.

“I bred her but when there was eight in the litter I decided to sell four of them. I got Jeda’s Girl back from her owner about 8-10 runs back now. She’s had a slight issue with her back leg and has had a season as well. Since then her form has been very good.”

On Thursday night at Sandown, Jeda’s Girl will be chasing three wins on the trot when she takes her place from box one in a crackerjack GRV VIC Bred Final (515m), worth a cool $9,000 to-the-winner.

“It’s going to be very tough for her in that field … I’m just hoping she can use box one and get to the first turn in front,” Gieshen explained.

“Box one at Sandown can be tricky for some dogs. If they cut straight down to the fence when they come out they can get crossed and put out of it. Her sister Courting does that; it doesn’t suit her at all really.”

Thursday night’s final is stacked with hot performers that qualified out of Sunday’s four heats.

The pace was set by the Jeff Britton-trained Mepunga Wonder in an electrifying 29.31, slightly quicker than the 29.36 Mandalorian recorded taking out the opening heat for Carol Westerlo.

The remaining heat was won by Driftin’ Away for Angela Langton in 29.43.

Jeda’s Girl’s superb recent form comes at an opportune time for Gieshen who has been dealing with the impact of catastrophic bushfires nearby to her Valencia Creek property.

“They’ve got quite close; we’ve had the one message about evacuating so you’re always on alert but so far the alerts have mainly been for the nearby campers,” Geishen added.

With just the four greyhounds in work, Gieshen has enjoyed a terrific start to 2020, rugging up the seven runners thus far finishing in the money on six occasions.

Beteasy has installed fastest qualifier Mepunga Wonder favourite at $3 for Thursday night’s final from his box five draw, while Mandalorian is quoted at $5 from trap six.

Barcia Prince – runner-up to Jeda’s Girl in the heats – is next in line at $5.50 from box seven.