Right on target
SYDNEY (AAP): International sprint champion Takeover Target will carry 61kg when he resumes at Randwick tomorrow with trainer Joe Janiak confirming his star galloper will campaign in Sydney until at least January.
Multiple Group One winner Dance Hero, who is trained by Gai Waterhouse, has the second top weight of 58kg in the $100,000 Arrowfield Quality Hcp (1200m), the feature race on the first city program for more than three months.
"That's the weight we presumed we'd get, so it doesn't change anything, and he'll be there on Saturday," Janiak said.
"He had a solid hitout on Tuesday morning and while he's probably not race fit, neither is any other horse at the moment.
"We're going to be in Sydney until at least the Villiers for starters and then we'll see what happens and what's available after that.
"The TJ Smith Stakes and races like that are coming up and or we might get him ready to go to Queensland for the Doomben 10,000 (1350m) in May, we just don't know at the moment."
Takeover Target worked over 800 metres earlier in the week at his home track at Coffs Harbour before travelling to Sydney yesterday.
Movement restrictions due to the equine influenza outbreak mean that horses have to remain in Sydney for two weeks if they come from a different coloured zone as designated by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Tomorrow's Arrowfield Quality will be the first leg in a special Randwick three-race sprint series and will be followed by the Listed Razor Sharp Quality (1200m) on December 22 before the Group Two Villiers Stakes (1400m) on January 5.
On Monday night Takeover Target was awarded the Champion International Performer for 2006-07 at the Australian Racehorse of the Year awards.
His season was highlighted by his win in the Group One Sprinters' Stakes in Japan.
"It was another very proud night for me to receive this award," Janiak said.
Janiak has accepted an offer from Racing NSW to pay all the costs to stable Takeover Target at Randwick as well as his own accommodation for up to two months.
"They've been kind enough to put me up at Star City and that saves me travelling backwards and forwards," Janiak said.