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Efficient (horse)

Sire Zabeel
Dam Refused the Dance
Grandsire Sir Tristram
Damsire Defensive Play (USA)
Gender Gelding
Foaled 2003
Country New Zealand
Color Grey
Breeder Bloodstock Resources Ltd and Cambridge Hunt Ltd
Owner Lloyd J. Williams et al.
Trainer John D Sadler
Record 20:7-0-0
Earnings AUD $4,553,525[1]
Efficient is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Refused the Dance by Zabeel. He was born around 2003 in New Zealand, and was bred by Bloodstock Resources Ltd and Cambridge Hunt Ltd.
Major wins
Victoria Derby (2006)
Melbourne Cup (2007)
Turnbull Stakes (2009)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on October 6, 2009

Efficient (foaled 2003) is a grey Thoroughbred racehorse gelding, bred in New Zealand, who won the 2007 Melbourne Cup,[2][3] ridden by Michael Rodd, and the 2006 Victoria Derby.[4]

Efficient was by the outstanding sire Zabeel from the mare Refused The Dance by Defensive Play (USA). He is a half brother to Guillotine, winner of the 2008 MVRC Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes.

In his first campaign in the spring of 2006 he put together five consecutive wins including the Group 2 Aami Vase at Mooney Valley and ending with a win in the VRC Derby by 2½ lengths. Following his Derby win Efficient was entered into the Melbourne Cup field, run three days later. However, he did not pull up well enough and so was scratched from the race and spelled instead.

Returning in the autumn Efficient had a very light campaign of just two starts. In the 1,400 metre Group 3 Schweppervescence Cup he finished fourth behind Haradasun and fifth behind Miss Finland in the Group One Australian Guineas over 1,600 metres.

As a four year old in the Spring of 2007 Efficient resumed in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and ran 10th beaten 7 lengths. At his next start he ran fourth in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes behind El Segundo and Haradasun. He then ran unplaced in the 2,000 metre Group 1 Turnbull Stakes. Three weeks later Efficient lined up in the Weight for Age Group 1 Cox Plate over 2,040 metres at Mooney Valley where he finished 9th beaten 6½ lengths by the winner El Segundo. Efficient's next start was the Melbourne Cup, his first start in a handicap race since his first campaign. He dropped 3 kg from the Cox Plate run to carry 54.5 kg. Due to his poor recent form he was sent out a 16-1 chance. Reunited with jockey Michael Rodd for the first time since their 2006 Victoria Derby win, Efficient settled back in the field and travelled well. He was pulled to the outside to make a run and in the closing stages Efficient went on to defeat Purple Moon by half a length.

His win dividend of $22.70 was the biggest for a Melbourne Cup winner in over ten years. He became the first grey to win the Melbourne Cup since Subzero in 1992.

Efficient has had three starts since his Melbourne Cup win, with one run in the autumn followed by two lead-up runs to the 2008 Melbourne Cup. However, he had to be scratched from the 2008 Cup with an injury.

Efficient was trained by expatriate New Zealand trainer Graeme Rogerson to win the cup, but switched to John Sadler soon after Rogerson decided to part company with the horse's owners, a syndicate headed by Lloyd and Suzy Williams.[3]

In winning the Melbourne Cup, Efficient became the first horse since Phar Lap to win the Melbourne Cup the year after winning the Victoria Derby.

Efficient has had twenty starts for seven wins and no placings. His prizemoney earnings are over AUD$4.5 million.[5]

See also


Australian Stud Book: http://www.studbook.org.au/Horse.aspx?hid=884214

External links


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