Takeover targets England once more
The Takeover Target show will roll on when the champion sprinter is loaded onto a plane for England on Saturday ahead of next month’s Group One Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.
At this stage trainer Joe Janiak says the international sprint star will have a two-race campaign in what will be his fourth trip to the UK.
It was feared something had gone amiss with the rising 10-year-old after he struggled to keep up with his opposition in his defence of the KrisFlyer Sprint in Singapore when eighth to Hong Kong speedster Sacred Kingdom on Sunday.
But Janiak has allayed any fears Takeover Target’s army of supporters might have had after the KrisFlyer assignment.
"He just didn’t want to stretch out on the firm track and they ran brilliant time," Janiak said from Singapore.
"He’s going as good as last year, he just happened to run into better horses.
"It’s all good and we’re heading to England on Saturday.
"He’ll run in the Jubilee and we are nominated for the July Cup."
Takeover Target has finished third, second and fourth in the last three runnings of the Golden Jubilee, staged during one of the world’s most prestigious racing carnivals.
He finished seventh in his only previous tilt at the Group One July Cup at Newmarket in 2006.
One of Takeover Target’s opponents in the Golden Jubilee could be his conqueror in the KrisFlyer, Sacred Kingdom, if expat Australian jockey Brett Prebble has his way.
"My advice would be to go, without any reservation," Prebble said on the South China Morning Post website.
By Russell Jackson