People's horse gets hearts racing

Takeover Target was bought by Queanbeyan taxi driver Joe Janiak for $1500 and went on to earn more than $6 million in prize money.

His rags to riches story had the gelding known as “the people’s horse” and Janiak will be bringing him to the people of Lismore on Saturday.

Takeover Target will be at the Lismore racetrack for the South Lismore Cup Ladies Day.

“People just love the horse and what he’s achieved,” Janiak, who now trains horses in Coffs Harbour, said. “He’s an Aussie battler; the horse has come from nothing and done so well.”

There will be free entry for all ladies plus a complimentary glass of wine or bubbles on arrival.

Turf Club secretary/manager Michael Timbrell said around 90 ladies would enjoy the day from the pink marquee, with the majority of proceeds going to support the McGrath Foundation.

“In line with ladies day and the McGrath Foundation, we’re having a pink theme for fashions in the field,” Michael said.

People will be able to get up close and personal with Takeover Target, the Global Sprint Challenge winner of 2006 and multiple Group 1 winner.

It is a TAB meeting, so there are six races, with the first at 1.30pm.

Entry is $8 for men or $5 concession and free for women.


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