Subzero’s name was etched into history as a sporting champion post his 1992 Melbourne Cup victory, however, his achievements off the track are what make him legendary.
While there's the breeder who took a punt on an untried stallion, and the owners who thought they were buying a fast two year old, the trainer who was breaking records and jockey whose career was resurrected by the promise of a young grey stayer, Subzero’s story was secondary to the enduring partnership formed with veteran Clerk of the Course, Graham Salisbury.
Subzero was reinvented under Salisbury’s care. He led the horse to become a versatile community ambassador and ultimately to his induction into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame. Subzero has attended primary schools, visited children in hospital beds, socialised in aged-care facilities and even shared drinks with publicans in licensed establishment
The bond between Salisbury and Subzero was the stuff of legends, and Salisbury will be sadly missed by the racing industry and fans alike.
Sub Zero, Alannah and Graham Salisbury at Very Special Kids Hospice. (Fiona Hamilton /Racing Photos).