Legendary Melbourne Cup winner and racing ambassador Subzero passed away at the age of 32.
Everyone's favourite grey with his gentle temperament and gregarious nature, Subzero (affectionately known as Subbie) epitomised the spirit of racing. As a racehorse, he was a champion, with the 1992 Melbourne Cup his most famous victory. ‘Subbie’, trained by Lee Freedman and ridden by Greg Hall, was one of the few grey winners of the Melbourne Cup in post-War years.
It was as a Clerk of the Course horse at tracks including Flemington that he formed his strongest bond with his rider, the late Graham Salisbury. Upon retiring from that career in 2008 the pair became Australia’s best-known racing celebrities. Salisbury and Subbie were companions and best friends. Subbie would charm everyone with appearances on television, visiting schools, hospitals, charity functions, and as a regular on the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.
The twosome thrilled all they met with their uncanny ability to communicate: Subbie would answer a straight-faced Salisbury’s questions with a determined nod of his head for “yes” or negative-like sideways swishes for a definite “no”.
The bond between Salisbury, who passed away earlier this year at 76, and Subzero has become part of Australian racing folklore.