Takeover targets Grafton

WE all know the fairytale story by now.

A world-class sprinter bought for a song and owned and trained by a former taxi driver.

Takeover Target captivated the hearts of racing fans throughout the world and on July 19 he’ll make a return to the track which saw him beat a crack field to win the 2004 Ramornie Handicap.

The bay gelding and winner of more than $6 million in prize money will be trackside for the Tradelink/Orara Cup race day.

Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) chief executive Bradley de Martino Rosaroll said having the champion 10-year-old back in Grafton along with owner Joe Janiak will be a thrill for racing fans.

“Joe has been taking Takeover Target around the Country race meetings which is great,” Rosaroll said.

“Joe has had a great ride with him and I suppose it’s his way of giving something back to the industry. Takeover Target is a gentle horse and loves being around people.”

Rosaroll said the July Carnival is always a hectic time of the year and having the champion sprinter prior to the Carnival will give the public a better opportunity to get “up close and personal”.

“We figured the July Carnival will be fairly hectic and people wouldn’t get a chance to get close up to the horse or be able to have a chat with Joe,” he said.

Janiak who resides in Coffs Harbour said Takeover Target was enjoying his retirement and touring around the country race scene.

“He’s still in good order and enjoys people,” Janiak said.

“He’s enjoying his retirement and loves working on the beach at Boambee which he does most days.

“Maybe he will lead the field out or have an exhibition gallop.”

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