OUT OF THE BLUE
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
FOR a tense few moments yesterday, Stuart Dixon didn't know whether he was about to laugh or cry.
The Coffs Harbour punter was sitting on tenterhooks as he waited for the result of the tight photo finish in the Melbourne Cup.
His hard earned was plonked on Delta Blues and when the winner was finally announced, Dixon's roar of delight could be heard throughout the members' bar of the Coffs Harbour Racing Club.
"I was always very confident, you could see it was always in the lead," he said.
"Pop Rock tried to get to it but then he kicked again and he was home."
With the winner paying the juicy price of $18 for the win, the former Victorian who now calls Coffs home, was one of the first in line to collect when correct weight was called.
"I didn't expect to get that price, I thought it would be quite a bit shorter," he said as he collected. Obviously I'm very happy with that price and it was a great win."
The man his mates call 'Sammy' wasn't a lone victorious voice in the bar but he was the exception rather than the rule when it came to punters backing Delta Blues.
When asked why he picked the Japanese raider, Dixon said it was all about his run two and a half weeks ago.
"He had extremely good form in the Caulfield Cup, that was a great run," he explained. "Obviously that form has been franked with Pop Rock running second but it was simply a good form lead-up."