21 June 2006

Can we claim the Queanbeyan horse?

| johnboy
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London’s Telegraph, amongst many others, is reporting on the triumph at Royal Ascot of Queanbeyan horse, “Takeover Target”, bought for a song by the taxi driving caravan park resident, Joe Janiak.

I like Joe’s assessment of the magnitude of his triumph: “Janiak reckoned it couldn’t have been that difficult if he’d done it.”

So shall we claim this as a Canberra story or leave it to struggle town?

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I heard on the 7.30 Report last night that Mr Janiak has been living in a caravan for the past 12 years.

Maybe the residents of the Longstay Caravan Park can learn quite a bit from Joe??????

Australia is more than welcome to have Russell Crowe!

It’s a bit like the way the Aussies purloin the Kiwis – Phar Lap, Ricky May, Russell Crowe, a couple of the RA contributors…

Ahhh Canberra – gateway to Queanbeyan.

Of course it’s a Queanbeyan success story.

Canberra has so little to crowe about it has to bath in Queanbeyan’s limelight.

Find your own heroes for a change.

Just because someone from interstate (like Michael Klim) trains at the AIS – Canberra claims them as their own.

And petrol is still 10-15c cheaper in Queanbeyan.

Growling Ferret1:22 pm 21 Jun 06

Story of the year. A broken down horse bought for $1250 (plus GST) by a struggling trainer who drove cabs, wins its first 7 straight. Wins the two biggest sprints in Australia, goes to the UK, and brains them there.

Joe shows no emotion during the post race interview – leaving the BBC reporter wondering what it would take to get Joe Janiak excited.

Great tale, and I wish Takeover Target and Joe well chasing the double this weekend

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