Takeover Target Champion Racehorse
Takeover Target - 41 Starts Winning 21, 6 Seconds And 4 Thirds
Natural ability plays a key role in the performance and achievements of any athlete; thoroughbred racehorses are no exception.
For the pure sprint specialists, talent must be present; no amount of training can do anything other than to enhance native abilities. takeover target
One of the great champions of the Australian turf that gives credence to this concept is represented by the formidable sprinter Takeover Target.
Takeover Target Foaled In 1999
Foaled in 1999 at Meringo Stud Farm in New South Wales, Takeover Target’s sire was Celtic Swing, a beautiful black horse that was only tried seven times in England and France, winning five of those.
His dam was an unraced broodmare named Shady Stream. The line is predominantly from the northern hemisphere and includes several horses with the Kentucky Derby and the other races of the U.S. Triple Crown on their racing resumes’.
Takeover Target Purchased For $1250.00
His owners, Messrs. Joseph and Benjamin Janiak, made the acquisition of a lifetime when they purchased Takeover Target for the laughable sum of $1,250.
When they retired the horse in July of 2009 due to a cracked cannon bone suffered in the Newmarket Handicap, they had completely recouped their investment along with over $6.3 million in earnings as a profit. A fair return, most would say.
Takeover Target ran a total of 41 times, winning 21 and adding six second placings and 4 thirds.
Both the number of jumps and the strike rate become more impressive when you consider that his early racing career was one of injury and adversity that conspired to prevent his achieving true form until he was a four-year-old.
Beyond that, he was truly the class of the sprinter ranks. He was declared Australian Champion Sprinter in 2006 and was rated at 121 by the IFHA. Not just Australia, but the world, recognised him as the Global Sprint Champion. He was also the Australian Champion International Performer for three consecutive years from 2006-08.
1200 metres seemed to be the distance most to Takeover Target’s liking. Fifteen of his victories came at that length.
He was generally asked to carry above 60 kg. Most of his tries were with jockey Jay Ford, other than a few barrier trials in 2003 and 2004 and the T.J. Smith Stakes of 2009 where Nash Rawiller did the steering.
Lightning Stakes 2007
Off all his victories, the 2006 Lightning Stakes and the Newmarket Handicap would sit atop the list, along with the Doomben 10,000 in 2007.
Chronologically, his other Group 1 wins were the Salinger Stakes in 2004, the Sprinters Stakes in 2007 in Japan, the KrisFlyer International Sprint in 2008 and the T.J. Smith Stakes and The Goodwind in 2009. He also won the King’s Stand Stakes in 2006 when he shipped to Great Britain to try his fortune at Royal Ascot racecourse.
Takeover Target also won in Singapore and England once again in 2008, even though he was hampered by running on damaged ligaments. That same year, he defeated Apache Cat in the Winterbottom Stakes over 1200 metres.
His final races took place in 2009. This was where he took the Goodwood Stakes in Aedelaide two weeks subsequent to his T.J. Smith Stakes win. He then sought fortune overseas again, but injuries and illness caused his performance to suffer.
Takeover Target Retires 2009
He was retired that same year after surgery, and he took up residence at Living Legends in Victoria.
He has since been moved to Toofrook in New South Wales. He was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2012.
It is interesting to engage in idle conjecture and speculate about the stud fees that Takeover Target could have generated, but this is true of many before him that perhaps owe their success on the track to being gelded as colts.
One thing is certain: his connections would never fail to express gratitude for return on the investment they received from an extremely modest expenditure.