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Very Efficient Indeed

New Zealand -bred Efficient took home the Melbourne Cup in an upset win; favorites Purple Moon and Mahler rounded out the top three. Efficient is the third Melbourne Cup winner sired by Zabeel. Efficient was a favorite to win last year, but had had such a streak of bad luck that he was recently making steeplechase appearances, but he’s clearly back now. Winning trainer Graeme Rogerson also sent out the fourth-place Zipping:

“Turning for home I thought Zipping was home to be honest. A Danehill
(sire), he probably didn’t quite get the two miles (3200m),” Rogerson
said.

It’s an interesting comparison to the sort of ‘I don’t know if he’s bred for the distance’ discussions we have in North America, except we tend to mean a rather shorter distance. Ah well.

Back in the US, Fleet Indian failed to meet her reserve at Fasig-Tipton and so owner Paul Saylor bought her back. It seems that it’s officially back on between Darley and Coolmore as their latest bidding war set a new record for a broodmare as Playful Act sold for $10.5 million and there was a bit of a kerfuffle over Octave.

Valerie at Foolish Pleasure highlights some other interesting purchases, including the intriguing news that Lael Stables picked up Pussycat Doll and Valbenny and the fact that poor Tap Day only received a single $15,000 bid. But there are racing plans afoot too — Better Talk Now may be headed to Dubai for a shot at the Dubai Sheema Classic and he should be back in action at Calder in December. Huzzah!

2 comments to Very Efficient Indeed

  • Cha-Ching Horse Racing Advice

    Just a quick note on Efficient – a common training technique is to give them a hurdle ‘school’ in Australia – can switch on some wayward minds. Seems to have done wonders for Efficient, but then again they had set this race for the horse for 12 months and his form wasn’t as horrible as it looked – the wraps on him caused him to wear thin maybe a bit more than he should have.

    BTW I’ve just stumbled on your blog today and its great, good stuff.

  • Superfecta

    Very interesting, thanks for the info! It does seem to have worked out very well indeed for him. Nice to see him make such a comeback.\

    Thanks for stopping by!

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