A 26-year-old Tasmanian punter with a pacemaker has revealed he recorded his highest ever heart rate while ecstatically cheering home the final leg of a $15,000 multi collect three years after he “died”.
In 2014 Scott Dodge, who comes from a racing family and has been hooked on the great game since childhood, suffered cardiac arrest at the gym and as a result had a pacemaker and defibrillator inserted in his chest.
“The heart and the brain they missed a beat. In straight terms I died at the scene at the gym. I was brought back to life by a defibrillator,” Dodge told Punters.com.au.
“They put me in the ambulance and I passed away again. The ambulance drivers resuscitated me again and they put me in a five-day induced coma. I spent 17 days in hospital recovering and they put a pacemaker and defibrillator in my chest.”
The punting warrior made a full recovery and enjoyed a much-deserved change of luck on Golden Slipper day this year when he turned $100 into $15,154.69 after She Will Reign saluted as the third and final leg of an each-way multi with Sportsbet.
The previous two legs, which had been run and won on earlier weekends, were Humidor in the Australian Cup and Catchy in the Blue Diamond .
Dodge loves studying the form and is a year-round racing fanatic but said the ultimately-successful bet was the first futures multi he’s ever placed.
“I’d had a few beers one Saturday and I had $100 sitting in an account and I thought let’s see if I can do something with this and they were the three main horses I’d been following … I think it was the first futures multi I’ve ever had and it paid off,” Dodge said.
On “grand final” day “Dodgey” invited his mates around to cheer She Will Reign home with him and he understandably got pretty bloody excited when the Gary Portelli-trained filly gave her rivals windburn on the heavy Rosehill track.
One of his mate's broadcasted the celebrations on Facebook Live (video below) and it was later revealed that the massive collect thrilled Dodge so much that he recorded a heart rate of 194 beats per minute, which is the highest number he's seen since the pacemaker was installed.
To put that into some sort perspective, Dodge said his normal resting heart rate is "around 60 beats per minute."
“Every six months I go in and get a check and that monitors every day … she [the doctor] said to me ‘gee you had a very solid exercising session on such and such Saturday [Golden Slipper day] just after 4 o’clock,'" Dodge said.
“I said ‘I’m not one to exercise on a Saturday. I’d usually be having a few beers.’ She said ‘no, no you’ve really got the heart rate up to 194, so you’ve really put a solid session in.’
“So I just kept thinking what did I do? Any sport? I play a bit of AFL nines or I might have a hit of tennis but I thought surely not [on a Saturday afternoon].
“When I got back to work a few of my mates at work said ‘reckon it’s the day you won the multi.’ I thought surely not but when I googled the day, you wouldn’t believe, it was Golden Slipper day.
“It’s a bit of a laugh. It got my heart rate higher than bloody exercise or anything else so punting is quite good I think."
We reckon punting is “quite good” too. Good on you Dodgey!