Tonight's the night for Coffs sprinter
COFFS Harbour trainer Joe Janiak has declared that his world beating sprinter Takeover Target is in better shape than 12 months ago as he prepares for another tilt at tonight's King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Janiak said that the eight year-old is the best he's been so far this preparation.
When you consider that Takeover Target smashed the track record when winning the KrisFlyer International Sprint in Singapore at his most recent start, it's a frightening thought.
“I am very happy with him, his work has been good and the track rider reckons he's bigger and better than last year,” Janiak said.
Last year Takeover Target finished fourth in the King's Stand Stakes over five furlongs behind Miss Andretti before being beaten a nose in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee (1200m) four days later.
It was 12 months earlier when 'Archie' and Janiak won the hearts of the English racing fraternity when winning the King's Stand in 2006.
“He has lost a bit of early pace so I'm not sure the King's Stand is ideal but he'd have to have a big chance in the Golden Jubilee,” the typically laidback trainer said.
The King's Stand has been elevated to Group 1 status this year and will start just after midnight tonight.
The 1000 metre dash and Golden Jubilee are also the second and third legs of the 2008 Global Sprint Challenge.
Regular jockey Jay Ford has made the trek to England to stick with Takeover Target in tonight's race as well as the Golden Junilee Stakes on Saturday night.
Takeover Target finished a dogged second in that race last year and Janiak indicated that the star gelding will stay in the mother country for the July Cup to be held at Newmarket.
The Coffs Harbour flyer is equal favourite on the NSW tote after his third to Apache Cat and Reigning To Win in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick followed by his fantastic win in Singapore.