Efficient Favourite For Melbourne Cup

5 Jul 2008

Zabeel gelding
Efficient (NZ) is the early favourite for the 2008 Emirates Melbourne Cup to be run at Flemington racecourse on the first Tuesday in November.

Efficient won the Melbourne Cup in 2007 as a four-year-old following his win the season before in the Group 1 VRC Derby and the early bookmakers'market suggests he can make it back-to-back Melbourne Cup victories.

Efficient is rated a 12/1 chance for this year's 3200m feature which carries record total prize-money of A$5.5 million.

Efficient became the third Melbourne Cup winner sired by champion Cambridge Stud sire Zabeel following on from Might And Power (1997) and Jezabeel (1998).

Another son of Zabeel,
Maldivian, is also among the early favourites for this year's Melbourne Cup. Last spring he was successful in the Group 1 Yalumba Stakes in Melbourne and he also won the Listed JRA Cup.