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THE likes of Coffs Harbour horse trainer Joe Janiak and his star galloper, Takeover Target, would not normally get through the entry gate at Royal Ascot, perhaps the world's best-known race meeting.
Yesterday, not only were they welcomed into the inner circle of the snobbish British thoroughbred industry, but they left with the silverware as well.
Takeover Target, the horse former taxi driver Janiak bought for just $1250, won the prestigious Kings Stand Stakes sprint as the Queen and the cream of English society looked on. Regulars at the Pier Hotel would have had trouble recognising their drinking partner Janiak, who now trains out of stables at Coffs Harbour Racecourse, dressed in morning suit and top hat.
What would have looked more familiar was Takeover Target's blistering acceleration to win the race. The $500,000 prizemoney took the seven-year-old's career earnings past $2 million.