This was confirmed by trainer Joe Janiak, who announced on March 3 in Sydney, that his multiple group 1-winning 8-year-old gelded sprinter is returning to the UK for a third successive year to tackle Royal Ascot and tocompete in three legs of the 2008 Global Sprint Challenge.
Janiak only made the decision after it was confirmed that Australia's current sprinting prodigy Apache Cat (by Lion Cavern) had declined the invitation to compete in England.
Janiak said: "We've negotiated all the deals and it's all done now. The organizers in England have traditionally paid the expenses for all of the Australian horses going there, but the star attraction gets the most travel money and with Apache Cat out we'll get more money to go over now."
Takeover Target, who has won two of his past three starts and over Aus$4.5million in purse money to date, is currently being aimed at the group I T.J.Smith Stakes (six furlongs on turf) at Randwick in Sydney on April 26 and then the group I All-Aged Stakes (seven furlongs on turf) at Randwick a week later, followed by a trip north to Singapore to contest the group I Singapore International Sprint (six furlongs on turf) on May 18. After that he will ship out to England for the group I King's Stand Stakes (five furlongs) at Royal Ascot on June 17 (a race he won in 2006) and then the group I Golden Jubilee (six furlongs) at Royal Ascot on June 21 with finally the group I Darley July Cup (six furlongs) at Newmarket on July 11.
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