TAKEOVER TARGET’S future is in the balance after he cracked a cannon bone in the Darley July Cup at Newmarket on Friday.
The veteran Australian sprint star, whose rags to riches story has captured the hearts of racing fans all over the world, is undergoing surgery on Friday evening at the Newmarket Veterinary Hospital. His trainer Joe Janiak, who was a taxi driver at the time he bought the broken downand unraced Takeover Target for just AUS $1,400, was too distressed to talk. So too was jockey Jay Ford.
Takeover Target, whose 21 wins include the 2006 King’s Stand Stakes and seven at Group 1 level, finished a respectable seventh behind Fleeting Spirit, and it was only later that the injury, which is to his near hind, emerged.
Taken from the RP’s website. Let’s hope he makes a full recovery and enjoys the rest of days in a field somewhere with the sun on his back.
He was taken efficiently from Newmarket in the horse ambulance to Newmarket Veterinary Practice (run by Greenwood Ellis) and they inserted 5 screws in his hind cannon. Not spoken to Joe today but Jay
sent me a text to say that "the horse is good and the vets are happy with him". Joe is going to give him a couple of months box rest before putting him into quarantine to return home. He’s been retired from racing of course.