Target In Sight Back To His Roots After Retirement



A familiar face walked through the John O'Shea stable gates last week in preparation for his new role at Randwick. Retired stalwart and arguably one of Champion's most successful and consistent gallopers, Target In Sight arrived back where it all began for him 7 years ago. Following his retirement in September last year due to injury, John O'Shea was quick to snap him up and give him a forever home as stable pony at Randwick. Following a required 6 month spell, Targie underwent 6 weeks of retraining at DPR with horse educator Daniel Robinson and by all reports he "passed with flying colours".

Target was wide-eyed and excited to be back at track work, his first assignment was ponying last-start winner Pretty In Pink and he did so like an absolute Champion. He was given two thumbs up by John O'Shea who watched on from track work.

Target made an emotional return to the winners circle in January 2017 after taking out the $1M Magic Millions Sprint race at the Gold Coast. Notching up his 9th career win, Target cemented himself as the first Champion horse to earn $1,000,000 in prize money- a well deserved achievement for the 'war horse' who had been battered with injuries during the 18 months leading up to the race.

Target was purchased in 2011 from the Magic Millions yearling sale from the Attunga Stud Draft for $80,000 and was syndicated to a large group of owners who enjoyed an incredible ride with the son of Nadeem. Apart from his Magic Millions Sprint win, other notable victories include taking out the Listed Testa Rossa Stakes at Caulfield in 2014 with Craig Williams on board, defeating In Cahoots by a nose on the line. In March 2015, he defeated $1.70 favourite Deep Field when taking out the Group 3 Maurice McCarten Stakes with James McDonald in the saddle.

He'll enjoy a busy life at Randwick with plenty of carrots and the occasional holiday back at Emeran Park where he'll continue to be spoiled by the adoring team.

Target during his first morning at track work as stable pony last week.
Target during his first morning at track work as stable pony last week.

Target after winning the $1M Magic Millions Sprint in January 2017
Target after winning the $1M Magic Millions Sprint in January 2017



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