Well-liked stayer Efficient, winner of the 2007 Melbourne Cup, has been retired after sustaining a leg injury.
The Lloyd Williams-owned gelding, who has been plagued by injuries throughout his profession, had been due to run in either Saturday’s Metropolitan Handicap at Randwick or the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.
Williams’ son and racing manager Nick confirmed the retirement of the nine-year-old in a tweet on Thursday following what was believed to be the recurrence of an outdated injury.
“Productive has been retired after struggling a leg injury this morning,” he stated.
“Efficient will be retired to a 5 star paddock at our farm. He will have a quite pleasant retirement with his outdated mate Zipping.”
Effective burst to prominence during his three-year-outdated season winning the 2006 Victoria Derby.
He returned the following spring to give Williams and then-trainer Graeme Rogerson a memorable Melbourne Cup victory, turning out to be the 1st horse considering that Phar Lap to win Australia’s best race a year right after declaring the classic.
The grey looked to be on track for yet another shot at the Cup when he scored a last-ditch win in the Turnbull Stakes in October 2009 but injury struck and he did not race again for virtually two many years.
Productive has had to be very carefully managed considering that but he did display a glimpse of his best when he beat all but Niwot in the Group 1 Sydney Cup during the autumn.
By Zabeel, the sire of two other Melbourne Cup winners – May And Electrical power and Jezabeel – Productive raced 29 times for seven wins and just beneath $ 4.eight million prizemoney.