Age shall not weary
THERE'S nothing stopping international sprint champion Takeover Target racing next season as a 10-year-old, the drawcard's trainer Joe Janiak says.
And he's going to prove it to local racing fans this weekend.
During Sunday's Pink Silks Raceday at Coffs Harbour, Janiak has hinted that he will probably treat racegoers to an exhibition gallop by the champion sprinter.
That frolic around the track should be all that is needed to silence the doubters who believe that Takeover Target may be getting a little long in the tooth to mix it with his peers in Group 1 company.
Janiak challenged the notion the globe-trotting nine-year-old would retire from racing after his next campaign while speaking as a guest of Tasmania's Devonport Racing Club.
The rags-to-riches trainer outlined his plans for the bay gelding at the club's cup week cocktail party on Wednesday night.
“There is no reason why he can't race on past this season,” Janiak was quoted as saying by Launceston's The Examiner newspaper.
Takeover Target is spelling at Janiak's Coffs Harbour stables in NSW, disappointing New Zealand race fans by being withdrawn from the Group One Telegraph Handicap (1200m) at Trentham on January 17.
“He had a bit of heat in his joint after his second race in Perth but the vets have given him the all clear since and he's been okay,” Janiak said.
Janiak has set Takeover Target to resume in the TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in April before campaigning him in Singapore and then England.
On his way to Royal Ascot in 2008, Takeover Target won the Group One KrisFlyer Sprint at Kranji in Singapore before running second in the King's Stand and fourth in the Golden Jubilee during Royal Ascot week.
It was his third visit to England where he won the King's Stand in 2006 and finished third in the Golden Jubilee and ran fourth and second in both races respectively the following year.