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Injury Forces Melb Cup Winner Efficient's Retirement
After suffering "recurrence of an injury on Thursday morning" Nick Williams has confirmed that 9YO triple Gr1 winner and 2007-2008 Champion Australian stayer Efficient (Zabeel-Refused the Dance, by Defensive Play) has been retired, reports racenet.com.au. The 2006 Gr1 Victoria Derby hero and Gr2 AAMI Vase winner captured Australian racing's most sought after prize in 2007 taking the Gr1 Melbourne Cup. The lightly raced son of 15-times Dewar Award winning stallion Zabeel bounced back to the elite level in 2009 taking the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes and after a 2 year lay-off was a neck 4th in the Gr1 Sydney Cup. Efficient had 29 starts for 7 wins and 1 placing for earnings of $4,788,525.