Great team: Joe Janiak and Takeover Target together during the horse's heyday.Great team: Joe Janiak and Takeover Target together during the horse’s heyday. Photo: Carl Court

Takeover Target, the fairytale horse which took cab driver Joe Janiak from Queanbeyan to Royal Ascot, died after a paddock accident on Saturday.

Janiak found the injured 15-year-old on Saturday morning and nothing could be done for him and he had to be euthanised.

“He was a fairytale horse and I don’t think there will be a story like him every again. He got me around the world,” a shattered Janiak said of his mate.