Cat is the big target

COFFS Harbour trainer Joe Janiak has declared Apache Cat the horse to beat when his stable star Takeover Target races in tomorrow's TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick.

The Group One 1200 metre sprint will be Takeover Target's first and only appearance in Sydney this autumn with an overseas campaign taking in Singapore and England beckoning.

Janiak said Takeover Target had not put a foot wrong in the leadup but warned the likelihood of a rain-affected Randwick track could give the baldy-faced Apache Cat the upper hand.

"It will be a great race," Janiak said.

"But Apache Cat loves the wet so he'll be very hard to beat.

"Takeover Target has never won on a heavy track. The only time he's been on it was in the (2006) Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield when he ran third."

Takeover Target tuned up for his first start since losing the Villiers Stakes on protest in January with a scintillating barrier trial win at Canberra last week.

Janiak said the gelding had another serious 600m gallop at the same venue this week to bring him up to the mark for tomorrow's assignment.

"The run will do him the world of good, he's still about 10 kilos overweight but he'll lose that on the trip over (to Singapore)," Janiak said.

"He looks good, better than the weather in Sydney at the moment."

Takeover Target is due to leave for Melbourne on Monday and spend two weeks in quarantine at Sandown before heading to Singapore for the KrisFlyer International Sprint at Kranji on May 18.

From there he will travel to England for his third assault on the Royal Ascot carnival.

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