The soaring fairy tale that has been Takeover Target's rise to prominence in world racing has descended into a sorry saga as the gelding again failed to present a clear sample yesterday. Takeover Target worked strongly in the morning under race rider Jay Ford at Sha Tin but Jockey Club chief steward Jamie Stier informed trainer Joe Janiak yesterday afternoon the gelding's latest sample - stewards have not yet specified whether the sample is blood or urine - continued to show an irregularity. Janiak declined again to scratch the horse from tomorrow's race and admitted to Australian racing media yesterday he was now running out of time to get the world's premier turf sprinter to the post in the HK$12 million Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint. There is a US$1 million Global Sprint Challenge bonus at stake as well as the Sha Tin race itself. 'It was administered in Japan to help him travel over here,' Janiak said referring to the undisclosed substance. 'Normally, it is out of the system within two weeks but now we are at the seven weeks mark. It has secreted itself, I believe, in the ligaments of the neck somewhere and it won't release. 'We will see what sort of level it has gone down to and if we are pretty close to the mark we might have to sweat it out until Sunday. I have used this stuff before and I have never had any trouble with it.' The South China Morning Post believes the irregularity to be a steroid substance - as reported yesterday - rather than the hormone treatment reported in overseas press and one which has been administered in a more significant than usual dose. Stewards will now ask the Hong Kong Jockey Club Racing Laboratory to analyse a further sample, which will be taken from Takeover Target tomorrow morning. Until tonight, the decision to withdraw Takeover Target rests with owner-trainer Janiak and his son, Ben. However, that control will shift to Stier and his panel of stewards tomorrow and, in the event of a further positive test after analysis, the Australian star will be compulsorily withdrawn from the Sprint by the stewards. Janiak faces the prospect of not only missing the chance of a multimillion-dollar pay day but a bill for the Jockey Club's transport and accommodation costs associated with Takeover Target.