Takeover Target with Jay Ford aboard winning the Summer sprint in track record time at Doomben on Saturday.Photo courtesy THE C
Takeover Target with Jay Ford aboard winning the Summer sprint in track record time at Doomben on Saturday.Photo courtesy THE C

Go you good thing



BRISBANE (AAP): Colourful Queanbeyan trainer Joe Janiak flung his binoculars into the saddling enclosure in celebration of Takeover Target's record-breaking win in the Summer Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday.

Janiak made the flamboyant gesture soon after his Group One-winning galloper surged to the lead in the straight to street his opposition.

Takeover Target bounced straight to the lead from barrier one but was subsequently overtaken by Impaler who crossed from the widest barrier.

Janiak said having Impaler go up outside Takeover Target was a blessing because it allowed his charge to settle.

When Takeover Target regained the lead at the top of the straight and began to power away Janiak knew the horse would win.

"I just got so excited, I whirled my binoculars around in the air and let them go," he said.

At the end Takeover Target ($5.50 eq fav) had 5-1/2 lengths to spare from Gold Coast five-year-old Picardi Run ($8) with Proudly Agro ($5.50 eq fav) a half-head away third.

Picardi Run's trainer Trevor Whittington was in awe of the winner who won his first seven races in succession.

"What can you say about the performance of the winner?" he said.

"He carried 59.5 kilos and smashed the course record."

Takeover Target clocked a sensational 1:7.88 for the 1200m to lower the Doomben record established by Lion Hunter in 1997.

Takeover Target was in Brisbane for the winter carnival earlier this year but did not live up to expectations.

He finished third to Red Oog in the Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and was then 10th to St. Basil in the Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 11 when he was beaten just 3-1/2 lengths.

The curtain came down on his winter campaign when he was a gallant long head second to Poetic Papal in the 1200m Carlton Draught Stakes on June 25 at Eagle Farm.

Janiak confirmed Takeover Target as a definite starter in the second leg of the Summer Series over 1350m at Doomben on December 24.

He stopped short of saying he would contest the final leg of the series over 1600m in January.

Janiak said Takeover Target had never prepared better than in the lead-up to this race.

"He showed me everything he's got since returning home to Canberra after his two races in Melbourne," he said.

Takeover Target resumed after the winter with a fourth to Glamour Puss in the Group One Salinger Stakes at Flemington on October 29 before his last-start seventh to the same mare in The Age Classic there on November 5.

"He always gives his very, very best and I've never been really disappointed in him in any race he's been in," Janiak said.

"He's just a champion."



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