Home run?

WINNING owner-trainer Joe Janiak has dropped the strongest hint yet the career of Takeover Target is nearing its end.

The great sprinter frightened away the opposition and toyed with his remaining four rivals with an easy stroll to victory in Saturday's G3 AJ Scahill Stakes at Ascot racecourse in Perth.

After the race Janiak said the horse will be brought home this week to the property he recently purchased in Coffs Harbour and be given a short breather from competition.

“We'll then bring him back into work during February and get him ready for the TJ Smith Stakes in Sydney,” he said. “That race will prepare him for the trip to Singapore and a last visit to England.

“That'll just about wind his career up for good.”

By the time 'team Takeover' venture over to Royal Ascot for a third crack at the Golden Jubilee Stakes the horse will be days away from his tenth birthday.

But the great horse gave no indication on Saturday the advancing years are slowing him down with win number 19 probably the easiest of his career.

Admittedly the opposition wasn't all that good, save for high-class sprinter Scenic Shot who made a futile attempt to turn the race into a genuine contest.

But 'Archie' did have to step up to the 1400 metre trip at weight-for-age and with jockey Jay Ford rating him in front, he was a sitting duck for any galloper brave enough to try their luck and take him on.

Takeover Target started $1.40 favourite and cruised to the line almost three lengths clear of Tarzi and Royal Lott with the win taking his earnings to more than $5.5 million.

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