Monday, 19 October 2020

Horse Racing and Betting: Much-loved Melbourne Cup Winner Subzero Dies of Heart Failure

Legendary racehorse Subzero and the winner of the Melbourne Cup in 1992, died of heart failure. The horse was trained by Lee Freedman and was four years when it won the Melbourne Cup competition in Flemington. Ridden by Greg Hall, the horse mastered the wet weather conditions to finish the race ahead of Castletown and Veandercross.

Also known as Subbie, he was one of the best-thoroughbred stayers in Australia during the 1990s. He was euthanized after developing heart complications. The death of Subzero was confirmed by Bruce Clark, one of the most prominent racing figures in the world.

Subzero died two months after his great long-term career mate Graham Salisbury passed on after a long battle with cancer in June. The two mates paraded horseracing to different generations with frequent visits to nursing homes and schools. Additionally, they were one of the horseracing great ambassadors in Australia.

If you love horseracing and gambling, then this must be sad news for you since you have lost one of the figures that you would place wagers on. However, there is no need to worry since Sportsbet still has many horseracing options for you to select from when it comes to betting.

How Legendary Race Horse Subzero Died

Subzero died at the age of 32 at the Bendigo Equine Hospital. He died after battling ill health for a few days. After his death, Giles Thompson, the RV chief executive, said that it was another sad day for all individuals within the Victorian horseracing industry as well as sports fans. Subzero’s contribution to the sport both on and off the racing track was incredible, and will forever be grateful to a horse that touched the hearts of everyday Australians and fans, he added.

Many young individuals have grownup having had the opportunity to meet and pat only one horse, which was Subzero. From the elderly to schoolchildren and Hollywood A-listers to those battling ill health, Graham and Subzero did plenty to provide them with joy while at the same time promoting the thoroughbred racing sport.

Race Horse Subzero Achievements before the Death

On the track, Subzero performed excellently. He won six races from a total of 48 starts. Aside from his Melbourne Cup victory in 1992, his other major wins included the Adelaide Cup in 1992 and South Australia Derby in the same year. Aside from the racing career, Subbie was also the Course horse clerk until 2008 when he retired from those duties.


Subzero’s name will always be remembered by many horseracing fans and Australians at large. Until now, there is no better example of love and friendship between a horse and man than Subzero and Graham Salisbury. 

The two together brought love and friendship to many individuals ranging from racing fans and sports bettors of all ages to the general public across the world. Sadly, the horseracing industry has lost one of the key figures a few months after another sad news of Graham.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Cheltenham Festival - Coral Cup

The Coral Cup brings together of four years and older to compete over a distance of two miles and five furlongs (4225 m) on the second day of the Cheltenham Festival. The competitors clear ten hurdles on the way to the finish line of this grade 3 race. Handicaps are applied to balance competition.

The 2018 event will be the quarter century event of the Coral Cup. Its popularity has remained intact for the better part of its time in existence.

It is remarkable that no single horse has won twice in this category. That is partly due to competitiveness and partly due to the fact that it is a low-pressure race where competitors seldom make a return.

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Cheltenham Festival - Golden Miller Novices' Chase

The third day of the Cheltenham festival sees races move from the Old to the New Course. This race for Novice chasers is one of the first races run over the New Course. The National Hunt rankings
place this chase in the first grade.

Horses of five years and above compete to complete a distance of two miles and four furlongs (4,023 m) making this one of the long races at the event. For their pains, the winners take home a prize of
around £70,000 from the race sponsors.

The 2018 race will be the eighth edition of this competition. It will be another chance for horses to make an attempt at a second win, whereas jockey Ruby Walsh will be looking to cross the finish
atop the winning horse for the fourth time. Willie Mullins, trainer of Ruby’s past three winners, will on the other hand be looking for a fifth win.

Wednesday, 17 June 2020

Brief History of the Derby

Legend has is that the Derby was so-called as the result of a coin toss between its co-founders, Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby, and Sir Charles Bunbury, Chairman of the Jockey Club. The veracity of that claim is debatable but, either way, the Derby Stakes was run for the first time on May 4, 1780.

Derby had already founded the Oaks Stakes, open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies, and run over a mile-and-a-half on Epsom Downs, the previous year. By contrast, the Derby Stakes was open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies but, for the first three years of its existence, was run not over a mile-and-a-half, but over a straight mile. It was not until 1784 that the distance was extended by four furlongs and the sweeping, downhill turn into Tattenham Corner was incorporated into the Derby course. Apart from the years 1915-1918 and 1940-1945, when Epsom Downs was commandeered by the Army and a substitute race, known as the ‘New Derby, was run on the July Course at Newmarket, the Derby has continued, uninterrupted, ever since.

That said, the Derby was ‘interrupted’ on June 4, 1913, when suffragette Emily Davison ran out onto the course at Tattenham Corner. Her purpose for doing so is debated to this day, but she was struck by Anmer, owned by King George V, suffered a fractured skull and died from her injuries four days later, without regaining consciousness.

On a lighter note, the Derby is, and probably always will be, synonymous with the legendary Lester Piggott who, with nine winners, is far and away the most successful jockey in the history of the Epsom Classic. Piggott became the youngest jockey ever to win the Derby when, at the age of eighteen, he rode 33/1 chance Never Say Die to victory in 1954 and subsequently added Crepello (1957), St. Paddy (1960), Sir Ivor (1968), Nijinksy (1970), Roberto (1972), Empery (1976), The Minstrel (1977) and Teenoso (1983) to his impressive winning tally.