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Sire Kala Dancer
Grandsire Niniski
Dam Wiley Trade
Damsire To Market
Sex Gelding
Foaled 26 September 1988
Died 29 August 2020
(aged 31)
Country Australia
Colour Grey
Breeder Wakefield Stud Management, NSW
Owner D H K Investments
Trainer Lee Freedman
Record 48: 6-6-5
Earnings $2,008,100
Major wins
South Australian Derby (1992)
Adelaide Cup (1992)
Melbourne Cup (1992)
Last updated on 23 June 2007

Subzero (nickname: Subbie) (foaled 26 September 1988 in Australia – 29 August 2020) was a Thoroughbred racehorse.


Subzero won the 1992 Melbourne Cup. Trained by Lee Freedman and ridden by veteran jockey Greg Hall, the four-year-old revelled in the rain-affected going to defeat the favourite Veandercross and the two-miler Castletown. The win was to be Subzero's last, but, as one of the few grey winners of the race in the post-War era, his fame was assured.


Upon retirement from racing, the big, near-white gelding with a lovely temperament was employed as the clerk of the course's horse by Racing Victoria's long-time Clerk, Graham Salisbury, and has made numerous appearances on television, at charity functions, and at schools. In July 2008, he was fully retired as he had developed arthritis.

Health and death

In October 2009, it was reported that Subzero might need to be put down as the medication he needed for his arthritis became unavailable in Australia. However the medication was subsequently sourced from the United States, and Subzero continued to appear in public. In his retirement he was gentle natured, very patient with children and remained with Graham Salisbury until Salisbury's death in June 2020.

On 29 August 2020, he was humanely put down due to a heart condition. He was 31.

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