Subzero 1992 Melbourne Cup Winner Nominated for Australian of the Year

News recently crossed our screens that Subzero, the 1992 Melbourne Cup winner, along with his handler, Graham Salisbury, have received nominations for the Australian of the Year awards.

The nomination comes not a moment too soon for Subzero. He is set to hit the big three zero when the clock ticks over to August 1, the official birthday of Australian horses. The actual date of birth for the grey is 26 September 1988.

In the lead up to the 1992 Melbourne Cup, Subzero won two Group 1s, the SA Derby (2400 m) and the Adelaide Cup (3200 m), both at Morphettville. He was looking solid in spring runs at Flemington and Caulfield, but was not winning any races.

He started the Melbourne Cup as the second favourite. In those days, prior to the decimal system of odds, he jumped at 4 – 1, behind Veandercross, the price of which was 9 – 4. For the sake of the younger punters, 4 – 1 is equivalent to $5.00, while 9 – 4 is $3.25.

In those days, the total prizemoney for the Melbourne Cup was just $2 million, so Subzero earned $1.3 million for the win. Adjusting for inflation, roughly we might add, Subzero’s win was worth $2.32 million in today’s money.

Subzero was a hard worker. He raced 48 times for six wins and 11 placings between 1991 and 1994, when he was retired after finishing dead last in the Group 1 Brisbane Cup (3200 m) at Eagle Farm. He brought in just over $2 million for his career, which is equal to about $3.57 million today.

Since retiring from racing in 1994, Subzero and Salisbury have remained together and have traveled extensively to pay visits to schools, hospitals and other places as ambassadors of Australian thoroughbred racing.

What sort of cake do you bake for a horse’s 30th birthday celebration?

Carrot cake, of course.

By the way, a horse of 30 is roughly equivalent to a human aged 90, but hopefully, Subzero will not have to take his carrot cake through a straw, although he may request hay for his icing.

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