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Takeover Target makes his mark

Takeover Target, with owner/trainer Joe Janiak, was the star attraction at the Lismore Turf Club on Saturday.
Takeover Target, with owner/trainer Joe Janiak, was the star attraction at the Lismore Turf Club on Saturday. CATHY ADAMS

HE carries himself like a champion.

And so he should.

He makes you wonder just how smart horses are – or how smart he is.

If they feel emotion, atmosphere, anxiety or triumph.

When Takeover Target entered the parade ring at Lismore Turf club on Saturday his presence was more than just physical.

The horse, like champions of many sports, has an aura.

And he seems to know it.

Not an obnoxious air of superiority, more an attitude of, ‘You cheer for me, I’ll gallop for you’.

It’s a simple cycle that brings joy to all involved – and the horse loves it.

Dressed in a t-shirt and slacks, affable owner-trainer Joe Janiak released his retired star on to the track to a chorus of cheers.

When he came galloping back down the straight there were only two noises – thoroughbred thunder and consumer delight.

Most won’t see another story evolve like that of the cabbie and his champ.

That is why punters lap up every chance they get to catch a glimpse of equine royalty.

And so they should.