Efficient Set for 7th Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in 2012

July 10, 2012

deposit $100
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50
bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250
to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

New customers only. Exc NSW, SA, WA & VIC. Turnover requirements apply. Promotional T&Cs apply & available on website. Is gambling a problem for you? Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit www.gamblinghelponline.org.au '

Efficient Set for 7th Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in 2012

Lloyd Williams’ popular grey galloper Efficient, winner of the 2007 Melbourne Cup, is preparing to embark on their incredible seventh Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival preparation as the rising nine-year-old looks to recapture their former glory.


2007 Melbourne Cup winner Efficient is set for his seventh Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival preparation

The Zabeel gelding has enjoyed three Group 1 victories over their 28 career start having won the 2006 Victoria Derby, 2007 Melbourne Cup and 2009 Turnbull Stakes, which came after Efficient broke down in the spring of 2008, amassing a tidy $7.78 million in prize money over that time.

Prepared in Victoria by Robert Hickmott Efficient was to have had their swansong preparation this autumn but an admirable effort last time out saw connections have a change of heart.

After two disappointing first-up efforts at Caulfield the old warhorse showed a glimpse of what they were still capable of when running a good fifth behind Peter Moody’s European import Manighar in the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).

At their next start Efficient starved off retirement when running a slashing second beaten under half a length by Niwot in the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) at Royal Randwick on April 28.

Spelled after their Sydney Cup effort over the two miles, Efficient is going great guns according to Lloyd Williams’ son and fellow part-owner Nick Williams, but they are taking it easy with the veteran.

While they are a regular at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, it has been a lackluster past four years.

Efficient’s best result last spring was a sixth to the ill-fated Pinker Pinker in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), and they missed the 2010 carnival all together.

“This is the seventh time we’ve been getting him ready for the spring, but unfortunately he hasn’t made it very deep into the spring on four of those occasions,” Williams said.

“But he looks terrific the old boy.

“It would be hard to think that a horse rising nine is going to feature prominently in any of the big ones, but you never know with him because he’s such a talented horse and he’s only lightly raced.”

While Efficient may not be running in any of the spring majors, Williams’ Macedon Lodge certainly won’t be without representation in carnival’s top races.

Among the better known of Williams’ contingent heading into the new season are the likes of last year’s Caulfield Cup runner-up Green Moon, Bendigo Cup champ Tanby and triple Group 1 minor placegetter Mourayan.

Williams’ is also eyeing off the spring’s staying features including the world-renowned $6.2 million Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington on the first Tuesday of November with a number of lesser-known international acquisitions.

Among Williams’ imported spring hopefuls are 2011 Irish Derby runner-up Seveille and Marksmanship.

Young Galileo stallion Seville has twice raced down under during the autumn when ninth to Utah Saints in the Listed Anniversary Vase (1440m) at Caulfield before a much improved fourth, beaten under two lengths by another son of Galileo Linton, in the Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville.

The former Aiden O’Brien-trained Marksmanship is also by Galileo, the four-year-old entire having had just five career starts to date two of which were at Flemington last prep.

“They’re two horses that we bought in Europe last year and they look like they’re the right style of horses (for the spring carnival),” Williams said.

Stay up to date with all the latest Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival news and previews by bookmarking us here at Races.com.au.

In the meantime check out the futures markets on the upcoming majors such as the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup open now at our preferred online betting agency bookmaker.com.au.

Even better, open a new bookmaker.com.au account with the promo code BONUSBET and enjoy an instant $300 bonus welcome bet to use on a race of your choice!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal for Magic Millions Sprint Winner Viddora

Young South Australian horseman Lloyd Kennewell has named Sydney’s 2018 The...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Horse Racing Today

Daysee Doom and Dixie Blossoms...

2018 Adelaide Cup Results: Fan...

2018 Adelaide Cup Results: Fanatic wins for Walker and Lindsay Park

The Group 2 $400,000 Adelaide Cup over 3200m will be run at Morphettville in...

Fanatic Firm favourite in 2018...

Fanatic Firm favourite in 2018 Adelaide Cup betting

The Lindsay Park trained Fanatic is a firm favourite in the betting for...

2018 Super Saturday All Day Re...

2018 Super Saturday All Day Results at Flemington: Harlem scores upset win in Australian Cup

The Group 1 $1.25m Lexus Newmarket Handicap (1200m) and the Group 1 $1.5m...

A field of 9 for 2018 Canterbu...

A field of 9 for 2018 Canterbury Stakes

A field of nine will line up in Saturday’s Group 1 $500,000 Bisley...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field