The story of Takeover Target and Joe Janiak is now part of Australian racing folklore.
The story of Takeover Target and Joe Janiak is now part of Australian racing folklore. Adam Hourigan

Death of legend Takeover Target leaves racing world mourning

WORLD racing is in mourning following the shock passing of turf immortal Takeover Target.

The great racehorse,who won the Ramornie Handicap during Grafton's 2004 July Racing Carnival, is believed to have been humanely euthanised after suffering a leg injury.

Owned and trained by Joe Janiak, and part-owned by son Ben, Takeover Target emerged from humble origins on bush tracks around Queanbeyan to become a star performer around the world.

He won in excess of $6 million and eight Group One races in four countries.

Even in the United Kingdom, the passing of a very great racehorse is being felt.

The Royal Ascot season is underway and it was here in 2006 the horse with regular jockey Jay Ford aboard enjoyed arguably their greatest triumph with victory in the King's Stand Stakes before HM The Queen.

Australian racing fans referred to him as "the people's champion" but around the Janiak stables in Coffs Harbour he was known as "Archie" or "Boof."

All who saw equine and human together were amazed at the great love that existed so obviously between them and thousands turned out in 2010 at the offs Harbour racecourse to farewell their hero horse.

Takeover Target would have turned 16 years of age on August 1.


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