Target in sight
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
PUNTERS have bet twice as much on multiple Group One winner Dance Hero as they have on the Coffs Harbour-trained sprint king Takeover Target for today's rematch in the Listed Razor Sharp Quality at Randwick.
TAB Sportsbet's Glenn Munsie was shocked by the betting moves today for the 1200m feature.
"It's actually astonishing that there has been twice as much for Dance Hero," Munsie said.
Eight-year-old Takeover Target has been installed as the $1.60 favourite with TAB Sportsbet fixed odds while Dance Hero is at $2.80.
The last time they clashed, on December 1 at Randwick over this afternoon's distance, Takeover Target drifted from $1.90 to $2.80 while the Gai Waterhouse-trained Dance Hero remained solid at $3.50.
The Joe Janiak-trained Takeover Target, who carried 61kg, produced a stirring first-up run to defeat Dance Hero by a long head.
The pair was so dominant that Pasikatera was 4-3/4 lengths away third.
"The other day was Dance Hero's party, the way the race was run and with Takeover Target needing the run, I think if he couldn't hold him off the other day then he's not going to do it Saturday," Munsie said.
"There have been a couple of bets of $1000 but nothing outstanding at this stage."
Victory today for Takeover Target will see his earnings pass the $4.5 million mark.
Considering that Janiak was a taxi driver and part-time trainer when he bought the gelding he affectionately calls Archie, for a little under $1300 at a dispersal sale, the story of Janiak and his world champion sprinter is one of racing's great fairytale stories.
Another chapter could be added to that fairytale at Randwick today.