People's champion honoured ahead of Coffs Cup

TAKEOVER Target, the people's champion is immortalised as one of the greatest rags-to-riches stories in Australian turf racing and now he has his tribute in Coffs Harbour.

Trainer Joe Janiak this morning accepted a plaque from Coffs Harbour Mayor Denise Knight that will be hung in Takeover Target's honour at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club. 

Trainer Joe Janiak accepts a plaque in Takeover Target's honour from Coffs Harbour mayor Denise Knight.
Trainer Joe Janiak accepts a plaque in Takeover Target's honour from Coffs Harbour mayor Denise Knight. Matt Deans

"It's just amazing how many people he touched right around the world," Janiak said. 

One of Australia's truly inspirational racing stories, Janiak purchased Takeover Target as an unraced four-year-old for $1400 in Canberra. 

Takeover Target retired as a household name in 2009 with 21 wins, eight at Group 1 level from 41 starts.

After many Australian sprint titles he enjoyed success in Japan, Singapore and Royal Ascot.

As Takeover Target's globe trotting feats were remembered one story retold was how Joe was offered $1 million for Takeover Target after he won Grafton's Ramornie Handicap in 2004.

With Takeover Target retiring in 2009 with career prize money of $6-million, it was acknowledged Joe made the right decision by his old mate 'Archie.'   

Jockey Jay Ford drives to the line in the 2006 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. AAP Image/Sportpix/Martin King
Jockey Jay Ford drives to the line in the 2006 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. AAP Image/Sportpix/Martin King

TAKEOVER TARGET

Sire Celtic Swing (GB)
Grandsire Damister (USA)
Dam Shady Stream (AUS)
Damsire Archregent (CAN)
Sex Gelding
Foaled 27 September 1999
Country Australia
Colour Bay
Breeder Meringo Stud, New South Wales
Owner Joe Janiak, Ben Janiak
Trainer Joe Janiak
Record 41:21-6-4
Earnings A$6,028,311[1]
Major wins
Salinger Stakes (G1) (2004)
Lightning Stakes (G1) (2006)
Newmarket Handicap (G1) (2006)
King's Stand Stakes (G2) (2006)
Sprinters Stakes (G1) (2006)
Doomben 10,000 (G1) (2007)
KrisFlyer International Sprint (G1) (2008)
T J Smith Stakes (G1) (2009))
The Goodwood (G1) (2009)
Awards
Australian Champion Sprinter (2006)
World's Highest Rated Turf Sprinter (2006)
IFHA rating: 121
Global Sprint Challenge Champion (2006)
Australian Champion International Performer(2006, 2007, 2008)
Honours
Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee (2012)
Last updated on 16 April 2012
 


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