GLOBAL champion Takeover Target farewelled Perth racing when marching off with yesterday’s AJ Scahill Stakes at Ascot.
The Joe Janiak-trained freak might be heading back to the east coast but yesterday’s Christmas Cup winner at Rosehill, Ready To Lift, is heading west for the Perth Cup on New Year’s Eve.
"Why not? – it is a $400,000 group 2 race," Ready To Lift’s trainer, Gerald Ryan, said. "A five-year-old mare in form, flying, why not have a crack?"
Ready To Lift flew past Christmas Cup favourite Rainbow Style to score impressively over the 2400 metres.
"I’ve been itching since she was a three-year-old to run her at a mile-and-a-half and this was the first chance," Ryan said.
For winning jockey Glyn Schofield, New Year celebrations might have to be reworked.
"I hope they give her a penalty, I can ride 53kg," Schofield said.
"I’ll have to reassess my schedule. She showed she can stay today, there is plenty of upside."
Takeover Target added yesterday’s group 3 race to the Winterbottom Stakes he won at Ascot a fortnight ago. The sprinter might well be the most-travelled thoroughbred of all time. His latest unbeaten trip to WA is yet another marathon feat by this amazing nine-year-old.
The gelding has made three successful trips to the UK, where Janiak and Jay Ford combined on their first outing to claim the King’s Stand Stakes at the Royal Ascot meeting.
A third in the Golden Jubilee four days later ensured Takeover Target was acclaimed as a winner of the Global Sprint Challenge.
The honour was sealed when Takeover Target claimed a group 1 sprint in Japan.
Before heading back to Royal Ascot this year, Takeover Target stopped off in Singapore in May and defied all-comers to claim another group 1.
In the UK, Takeover Target suffered leg problems again, but Janiak patched up his remarkable galloper up and it was off to WA, where the winning has continued.