By Jon Lees
Australia: A former champion apprentice has described the moment he was held up at knifepoint by a thief who stole his new Mercedes-Benz car.
Jag Guthmann-Chester, 22, was on his way to ride work at the Gold Coast in Queensland in the early hours of the morning when he stopped for a coffee.
“I went to the 7 Eleven on Main Beach Parade to get it and then I went to Narrowneck Beach on the eastern side of the esplanade to drink it, I was only there for five minutes having a scroll on my phone,” said the rider, quoted by NewsCorp.
“My car was still running and there was no one around at all and then out of nowhere I noticed a guy in a tracksuit set with his face covered on the footpath near my car.
“I wound my window up and thought the car was locked and before I had time to think he punched the driver’s window and made this huge crack.
“That was when I realised what was going on and I’m looking at the male who is in my driver’s window. I tried to put my car in drive to drive off quickly but before I had time to do it, the door was opened and he leant in the car and had a knife pointed at me.”
Both Guthmann-Chester’s phone and wallet were still in the car as it drove off and when he sought help the only person he could find at 3.30am turned out to be an accomplice. “I saw a car about 100m down parked with its lights on, so I thought ‘How good is this? There is someone who can help me’,” he went on.
“As I approached it a man jumped out of that car with a suspicious look as well and walked towards me.
“I kept my distance and then he yelled out saying ‘what do you want mate?’ and I said everything that just happened and he replied saying, ‘do you have a mobile phone on you?’ I said no because it’s in the car so he kept saying ‘well, keep f***ing running, c***!’”
Police are still looking for the Mercedes, which has a personalised number plate JAGGC. The jockey also still has the key which means the thieves should not be able to start it again.
Guthmann-Chester, who is also a part-time model and boxer, has ridden 234 winners and was Queensland champion apprentice in the 2017-18 season. He was shaken but unhurt and is expected to return to the saddle at the weekend.