Melbourne Cup’s 1992 champion Subzero, better known as Subbie, paid a visit to four district schools and the Heathcote Hostel last week.By Barbara Sungaila
One of Heathcote’s most famous residents was out and about last Tuesday.
Melbourne Cup’s 1992 champion Subzero, better known as Subbie, paid a visit to four district schools and the Heathcote Hostel.
The gentle grey gelding charmed everyone and Racing Victoria’s Rebecca Wilde gave students a rundown on Subbie’s career as well as a number of facts and figures about horses.
Subbie stood patiently as long lines of students formed to give him a pat and he nodded enthusiastically to several questions, including the perennial: ‘‘Have you got a girlfriend?’’
His definite nod was met with squeals of laughter.
Pyalong Primary School students had completed projects on Subbie and answered Ms Wilde’s questions with an accuracy that astonished her.
She said rural students generally knew more about horses than their city counterparts.
‘‘But you’ve done your homework,’’ she said.
At Tooborac, students were dressed to the nines for the races and several parents came along to join in the fun.
Staff and patients at Heathcote Hostel all wanted a pat and students at Heathcote and Holy Rosary primary schools listened intently as Ms Wilde told them how Subbie got his name, how to tell a horse’s age and how horses breathe*.
Subbie has recently returned to health after a scare which saw him treated at the Werribee veterinary clinic, followed by a stint at an equine rehabilitation centre in the Goulburn Valley.
The 25-year-old visits dozens of schools per year as part of racing Victoria’s Schools program.
*He was born on a freezing cold night; by their teeth; and only through their nostrils.
Tooborac Primary School grade 2 students wrote about Subbie’s visit to their school:
Subzero is very famous. He’s a Melbourne Cup champion. Subzero is retired. His nickname is Subbie. Subzero’s first race was when he was 4. He lives in Heathcote. Subzero has won 4 races and 3 Cups. Subzero is a boy. Subzero retired in 1994. He is a grey horse. Subbie has a radio, a swimming pool and a girlfriend.
It was a fun day because we all dressed up like we were going to the races.
By Bill Carlin
Subzero’s nick name is Subbie. Subzero won the 1992 Melbourne Cup. He is a grey horse and he lives in Heathcote.
He began racing at three years old and is now 25 years old. He stopped racing in 1994. Subzero had to almost have surgery. He only got 1 Melbourne Cup when he was 5.
Subzero likes carrots but hates apples. Subzero has got a radio, swimming pool and a girlfriend.
Bryce asked Subbie “Do you like apples?” He stood still and didn’t move.
It was exciting that he came to our school.
By Ebony Staples
Subzero is a famous horse. His nickname is Subbie. He began racing at three years old. He is a grey horse. Subbie won the Melbourne Cup. He is a champion and trained a lot. He lives in Heathcote and Subbie has a radio, a swimming pool and a girlfriend. I asked him “Do you like kids?” He nodded yes. I gave Subbie a pat. He rocks!
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