Racing Victoria announced yesterday afternoon that 1992 Melbourne Cup winner Subzero will be honored with a three-part greys-only race series that will be held during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival and be known as the Subzero Challenge.
The series will build on the Crown Oaks Day greys race that is traditionally held at Flemington with additional races to be staged at Caulfield on Thousand Guineas Day (Wednesday October 16) and Moonee Valley on Manikato Stakes Night (Friday October 25).
Racing Victoria General Manager of Racing Greg Carpenter made the announcement that was timed to coincide with Subzero’s return back to public service for the first time since he suffered a nasty health scare in July when part of his bowel became trapped between his kidney and his spleen.
“Subzero is one of racing’s most recognisable public faces and following his recent health scare, Racing Victoria determined it an appropriate time to celebrate and acknowledge the incredible contribution of Subzero to Victorian racing,” Carpenter said.
“The series extends upon the time-honoured and hugely popular Crown Oaks Day greys-race and will offer more memorable moments for punters and racegoers as it is staged during the 2013 Spring Racing Carnival for the first time.
“The Subzero Challenge also gives us the opportunity to acknowledge Subzero for his service to the industry as the face of Racing Victoria’s Community Education in Schools Program, a role he has held since 2006.
“During this time Subzero has visited more than 300 schools with the support of owner and long-time handler, Graham Salisbury.”
A total of $280,000 in prizemoney will be awarded during the Subzero Challenge and the trainer of the horse that finishes the series with the most points will be awarded a $10,000 bonus.