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Surgery Ends Takeover Target Career

Friday, 18th December 2009

Meanwhile, following his 7th placing in the Gr1 July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket, evergreen multiple Gr1-winning Australian 9YO gelding Takeover Target (Celtic Swing-Shady Stream, by Archregent) underwent surgery in the UK on Friday night for a cracked cannon bone where he had 5 screws inserted. The injury, which only emerged after the race, is the end of the road for Takeover Target whose rags-to-riches story has inspired Hollywood interest. Takeover Target will spend a few months recuperating in England before coming home. The veteran of 4 trips to the UK where his highest point was victory in the Gr1 Kings Stand Stakes, Takeover Target (a $1,250 bargain buy at the 2003 Inglis Winter Thoroughbred Sale) retires with the record of 21 wins (including May's Gr1 The Goodwood over 1200m at Morphettville, plus April's Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes over 1200m at Royal Randwick, April's Gr3 Scahill Stakes over 1400m at Ascot, Gr2 Winterbottom Stakes over 1200m at Ascot & Singapore Gr1 KrisFlyer International Sprint over 1200m at Kranji, plus 2007's Gr1 Doomben 10,000 over 1350m & Listed Razor Sharp Quality over 1200m, as well as 2006's Gr1 Lightning Stakes over 1000m, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap over 1200m, Japan's Gr1 Sprinters Stakes over 1200m & UK Gr2 King's Stand Stakes over 5 furlongs at Royal Ascot, following 2005's Gr1 Salinger Stakes & Gr3 Summer Stakes over 1200m) & 10 placings (including 2008's UK Gr1 King's Stand Stakes over 5 furlongs at Royal Ascot, Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes over 1200m & Gr2 Villiers Stakes over 1400m, plus 2007's UK Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes over 6 furlongs at Royal Ascot & Gr1 BTC Cup over 1200m, as well as 2006's Gr1 Oakleigh Plate over 1100m, UK Gr1 Golden Jubilee Stakes over 6 furlongs & Japan's Gr2 Centaur Stakes over 1200m) from 40 starts for $6,019,400 earnings. (Jul 13)

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