Target In Sight Retires After Million Dollar Career

8 year old stable stalwart Target In Sight has been retired this week and he will not return to the Gold Coast in January to defend his Magic Millions sprint title. The 30 start veteran ends his career with 9 wins and a further 9 placings, earning his owners over $1.1M in prize money.

In January this year, Target made an emotional return to the winners circle 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 have 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.

Over the past 2 years, Target In Sight has spent more time on the sidelines than in work. In September 2015, he sustained an unexplained blood infection which he was lucky to pull through let alone make it back to races. He made a return to the racetrack in March 2016 when finishing a gallant second behind Group 1 winner Malaguerra in the Group 2 Star Kingdom. Later on in the preparation in June 2016, he failed to finish during the QTC Cup at Doomben when he had a bleeding attack. He then went on to win the Magic Millions Sprint during his next preparation before failing on the Heavy surface in the Group 1 T J Smith on April 1st this year which subsequently was his final race start.

Champion Director Jason Abrahams praised Target for his achievements following the decision to retire him was made this week. "He's been an absolute marvel for our team. Against the odds, he has turned up to the races every time and made us incredibly proud- he has a rare zest for racing which shows in his record and he has been the ultimate racehorse, an owners dream."

With his dashing looks and lovable personality we will have no problems ensuring we find a forever home for the horse that will always hold a special place in the heart of Team Champion.

A big thank you must go to everyone who was involved with Target during his career, especially the staff from Emeran Park, O'Shea Racing, Pride Racing and Randwick Equine Clinic- what a ride!


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