Scare in Takeover Target camp
By TONY WHITE
FOR a fleeting moment at Coffs Harbour yesterday morning trainer Joe Janiak feared the worst for his unbeaten sprint sensation, Takeover Target.
Last year's Grafton Ramornie Hcp winner was competing in a four-horse 900m jump out in readiness for his comeback in Saturday's $300,000 Group Two BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben.
As the field passed the 200m mark with Takeover Target leading from the Gordon Yorke-trained Foxhorn, Janiak shuddered when a loud crack rang out from the track.
"I heard this loud crack and for a moment I thought my horse had broken down," the Queanbeyan taxi-driver said.
"My heart went into my mouth.
"I dropped my field glasses, looked up, and saw it was another horse.
"It's no good for the other horse but thank God it wasn't mine."
Foxhorn, who was being set for this year's Ramornie, snapped a shoulder and had to be humanely put down on the track.
"He's gone to God. Fortunately it wasn't a race and luckily no one got hurt," Yorke said.
Takeover Target bolted in by approximately six lengths on a wet track.
While no official time was taken private clockers had the powerful gelding easily breaking 34s for his final 600m. That's flying.
Race jockey Jay Ford flew to Coffs Harbour specially to pilot the five-year-old in the trial then flew back to Sydney to ride at the Canterbury meeting.
The gelding has not raced since brilliantly winning the Group One Salinger Stakes last spring at Flemington.