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Subzero Honoured With Race Series
Racing Victoria (RV), together with Victorian Premier and Minister for Racing Dr Denis Napthine, have announced a new race series in honour of Melbourne Cup hero Subzero (Kala Dancer-Wiley Trade, by To Market). The inaugural Subzero Challenge, which will be held during this year's Spring Racing Carnival, is a "three-part greys-only race series which extends upon the popular Crown Oaks Day greys race which has been staged at Flemington since 1996." The additional races have been programmed for Thousand Guineas day at Caulfield on October 16, and Manikato Stakes night at Moonee Valley on October 25. The race series will be worth a total of $280,000, with a $10,000 bonus to the trainer of the horse which accrues the most points across the series. RV's General Manager of Racing, Greg Carpenter, said 25YO Subzero had made a remarkable contribution to Victorian racing since his retirement in 1994: "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." Subzero won 6 of his 48 starts including the 1992 Gr1 South Australian Derby & Gr1 Adelaide Cup for $1,951,180 in prize money. He became part of Melbourne Cup folklore when winning the 1992 Cup on a rain soaked Flemington track defeating Veandercross and Castletown. See footage below.