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Delta Blues racehorse Melbourne Cup winner

Delta Blues - Melbourne Cup winnerRacehorse Delta Blues was foaled in 2001 and was by Dance In The Dark out of the mare Dixie Splash (by Dixieland Band)

In his career he had 29 starts for 6 wins, 2 seconds and 3 thirds for a total prize money haul of ¥376,562,000 yen (About $A8.5M)

His main wins were in the 2006 Melbourne Cup and Japanese St Leger. He also ran third in the Japan Cup and Caulfield Cup. In the 2006 Melbourne Cup, Delta Blues was ridden by Japanese jockey Yasunari Iwata who was the winner of the 2005 19th World Super Jockey Series and beat another Japanese trained horse Pop Rock in to second.

It was the third time a foreign owned and raced horse had won the Melbourne Cup, following Vintage Crop (1993) and Media Puzzle (2002) but significantly it was the first time the Cup had been won by a horse from Asia.

Delta Blues enjoyed the run of the race in second and third place throughout as Zabeat set the pace with Irish topweight Yeats moving up to challenge on the turn. Yeats momentarily hit the front but Delta Blues soon raced past him and then held off the determined challenge of Pop Rock who tried valiantly but just missed.



Dance In The Dark Sunday Silence Halo
Wishing Well
Dancing Key Nijinsky
Key Partner
Dixie Splash Dixieland Band Northern Dancer
Mississippi Mud
Ocean Jewel Alleged
Lady Offshore






First Race: 12 June 2003

Last Race: 29 December 2007

Major Wins:

2006    Group 1    Melbourne Cup                       (3200m hcp at Flemington)
2004    Group 1    Japanese St Ledger              (3000m SW at Koyoto)
2005    Group 2    Nippon Sho Stayers Stakes (3600m WFA at Nakayama)

Best Minor Performances:

3rd     2006 Group 1      Caulfield Cup                          (2400m hcp at Caulfield)
3rd     2004 Group 1      Japan Cup                               (2400m WFA at Tokyo)
3rd     2006 Group 1      Hanshin Daishoten Stakes  (3000m WFA at Tokyo)

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