LITTLE more than a year ago, Jason Roberts had been to Flemington maybe once in his life, and had next to no interest in horse racing. Now, he can't wait to get to the track, and finds a winner everywhere he looks.
''Something just switched … the thoroughbreds, they're just sensational animals - muscular but lean, beautiful, elegant animals with incredibly expressive faces,'' he says. Where others leave the course with crumpled suits and empty wallets, Roberts bounces away with ''a suite of paintings'' galloping around in his head. Racing, it seems, offers more surety of return for a painter than a punter.