It is with a heavy heart that Racing Victoria (RV) acknowledges the passing today of one of Australia’s most famous and popular racehorses, Subzero, at the age of 32.
The 1992 Melbourne Cup winner, known affectionately as ‘Subbie’, was humanely euthanised by veterinarians at the Bendigo Equine Hospital after battling ill health in recent days.
His passing comes a little over two months after the sad loss of his best mate and owner Graham Salisbury after a long-term illness.
RV Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, said: “This is another incredibly sad day for all within the Victorian racing industry as we learn of the passing of everyone’s favourite horse, Subzero.
“Subbie’s contribution to the sport on and off the track was incredible and thoroughbred racing will forever be indebted to a horse that touched the hearts of both racing fans and everyday Australians.
“As a Melbourne Cup winner he became a household name, but it was his work in retirement that earned him legendary status.
“Subbie was racing’s most famous equine ambassador and we were privileged to have had him headline our ‘Subzero Goes to School’ program for many years travelling to every corner of the state and beyond.
“Many youngsters have grown up having only had the chance to meet and pat one horse. That horse was Subbie and the laughter that emanated from those kids when Subbie nodded his head to a question of whether he had a girlfriend is something that will live long with many of us.
“From school children to the elderly, those battling ill health to Hollywood A-listers, Subbie and Graham did plenty to bring joy to their lives whilst promoting the sport of thoroughbred racing at the same time.
“When the time is right we will have a discussion with the Salisbury family and our Clubs about an appropriate tribute to Subzero. In the meantime, we send our thoughts and best wishes to Anita and the Salisbury family.”