Jedi Starfighter wins at Doomben
GYMPIE trainer Steven Thomas admitted to “a bit of bad luck” when Jedi Starfighter claimed a race in Doomben at the weekend, becoming the longest-priced Brisbane winner in nearly 50 years.
Jedi Starfighter blitzed the field to win with extremely long odds set at $201.
The last time a horse won with such improbable odds was at Eagle Farm in 1963 when Sir Ivo, also at $201, left punters stunned in the stands.
Steven trained Jedi Starfighter for two years, leased to him by his brother Trevor.
With that lease recently coming to an end, Jedi Starfighter returned to Trevor before making an extraordinary breakthrough at the weekend.
Steven was left scratching his head while his brother enjoyed the mind-blowing win.
“I guess you could say it’s a bit of bad luck,” Steven said.
“It’s disappointing in a way because the timing was not so great for me but it’s a big win, for sure.”
Steven said he knew Jedi Starfighter was full of potential.
“I have always felt the horse had potential to do well and I think now he has matured a little bit more, we will probably see some more results,” he said.
When asked of his role in the sudden emergence of Jedi Starfighter on the Brisbane racing scene, Steven was modest about his contribution.
“I laid down the groundwork but Jedi Starfighter had lots of potential to work with, and Trevor has had his part to play.”
Aside from collecting $32,000 in prize money for the first place, Trevor boosted his winnings by backing his horse with a $10 each way bet with bookie Eric Phillips.
Phillips was grateful to get money out of Jedi Starfighter and bumped the price up to $301.
For Trevor, this landed him an additional $3750 to have him laughing on his way to the bank.
Jedi Starfighter was guided to victory by jockey Nathan Thomas – no relation to the trainer – who carried out the cunning plan by flying home well before the final turn.
Trevor paid a mere $1000 for Jedi Starfighter as a yearling at the Magic Millions March sale.
“He had a hair on him about 10cm long but there was something about him I liked,” Trevor said.
Trevor will have no regrets about the faith he had shown in Jedi Starfighter when he first made the purchase.
What he may regret, however, is not playing the trifecta, which would have produced winnings totaling $44,712.