It’s funny how this industry can throw you a 360.
The win of Written Tycoon sprinter, Danger Close, was a terrific result for owner Iskander Racing, along with fellow shareholders such as Suman Hedge and Pete Davenport of Hay List fame.
Not because it was a big race as such – a $15k maiden in fact – but mainly due to Danger Close’s background.
Turns out that Iskander bred the mother (Galactic Honour), dispersed her as a mare in foal (to Northern Lodge) and then purchased the resultant progeny as a yearling (2011 Inglis Autumn Sale for $36,000).
Eliza Park’s Suman Hedge explains: “Galactic Honour was a nice type but didn’t exactly set the world on fire racing wise.
“However, her Written Tycoon colt was an absolute cracker: for a first foal, he was really something else – lot of strength about him. I was surprised that we got him so cheaply, but being first lot through the ring probably had a lot to do with it.
“(Traner) Jason Warren was pretty happy!”
He was clearly pretty happy after the win too, given the nature of Danger Close’s performance. The nifty 3YO was caught behind a wall of horses turning for home and only saw daylight over the final stages.
He got right up on the wire but as Suman points out, they don’t pay you any more for winning by 10 lengths … although you’d spend less on angina pills!
Expect to see some more of this youngster in the months to come.