Champion horse does Q&A with kids

Racing's grand old horse Subzero answered Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School students' questions on Thursday, with the Melbourne Cup winner nodding enthusiastically when asked "are you rich?" and "do you have a girlfriend?"

'Subbie' won the Cup in 1992 and also served as the clerk of the course's horse for many years, was inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in Canberra last month.

Racing Victoria community education manager Rebecca Wilde said the visit was more about horses in general than racing.

"This is about fostering a love and appreciation of horses, and also safety around horses."

During her presentation to the first group of students - preps, and Grade 1s and 2s - she quizzed the students on Subbie.

Her question of "how many kilograms do you think he weighs?" was immediately met with a excited response: "10,000!"

After a few more guesses, students got to his real weight- 520kg.

Owner Graham Salisbury bought the Lee Freedman-trained horse when he retired from racing in 1994, and he was clerk of the course until 2008.

Grade 6 student Jack Sampi said it was "pretty cool" to meet such a successful horse, and his question would be "do you think you're the best racehorse?"

Humble after his years of service to the racing industry, Subbie would likely say "neigh."


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