Surprise packet horse has owners celebrating
RACING: When David Schwenke and his associates sold their Emerald business he told them to take their money and invest it wisely.
Then he told them his plans.
"I told them I'm going to take a bit of their money and do something stupid," he said.
"I told them I'm going to buy a racehorse."
The horse, Heza Jetsetter, a Magic Millions purchase no one else seemed interested in, made the syndicate enough profit in its first year of racing they could afford to expand their stable.
"They were thinking: 'how easy is this horse racing stuff'," Schwenke said.
Then reality caught up and Heza Jetsetter lost form, inexplicably, and in a way that still confuses the owner.
"We really don't know what happened," Schwenke said.
"He wasn't a happy horse and he just wasn't getting any results," he said.
"We don't know what it was, but he didn't show us anything."
As mysteriously as the form disappeared it returned yesterday at Corbould Park.
In his first start from a spell the five-year-old came from the back of the field on a heavy Sunshine Coast Turf Club track to finish three lengths ahead.
"I don't know where that came from," said Melanie Sharpe, one of the horse's trainers at Eagle Farm's Robert Heathcote Racing.
"He was in a bit of a crowd at the back there and he pulled himself out and hit the line.
"That's good to see on this sort of track because it's near bottomless."
Schwenke was gleeful in his appraisal.
"If he had run like that and come second we'd be just as happy because that's the horse we wanted to see," he said.
"No one has come from the back all day and we were last all the way.
"It's good to have him back."
Heza Jetsetter's next stop is a race a Doomben and neither Sharpe nor Schwenke knows what will come after that.
But the owner, as he did in that first year, is starting to feel anything is possible.
"I would love to take him down south to the big races," Schwenke said.
"That was just one race, but boy it was good," he said.
"You never know what he can do. That's why we buy racehorses."