Melbourne Cup winner Efficient makes a one-off autumn appearance at Flemington tomorrow. Owner Lloyd Williams intends to only run in tomorrow’s Blamey Stakes before setting the Zabeel gelding aside for another tilt at the Cup in November.
Efficient did not win a race between last year’s Cup and the 2006 Victoria Derby and in doing so, became the first horse since Phar Lap to complete the year-to-year double.
He has met with some support in early betting for the Blamey, firming from $18 into $13.
Interestingly, his half-brother Guillotine was set to resume in Sydney tomorrow, but trainer David Payne scratched him after drawing a wide barrier. Guillotine is an early favourite for next month’s AJC Derby and considered by many to be a long term prospect for this year’s Melbourne Cup as well.
Perhaps a family quinella in 2008?