Tycoon Humma (Image: Racing Photos)
Not many horses have more buzz surrounding them on Saturday's Flemington card than the John McArdle juvenile Tycoon Humma, who is set to tackle the $140,000 Listed Very Special Kids Plate (1000m).
McArdle knows what it takes to win the race, having done so with Mockery in 2019, but while that filly was $16 on the day, there will be no such spoil about the price of Tycoon Humma, who caught the eye with a blistering debut win at Bendigo on February 13.
"I wasn't overly surprised (of the debut win)," McArdle explained.
"She was visually impressive and on the clock she was impressive.
"She has come through it well and Jamie (Mott) was probably happier with her work on Tuesday than he was before her debut."
Only one of the nine runners on Saturday has seen the Flemington straight and McArdle admits he is uncertain of how his filly will handle the course.
"It's hard to know if they will handle the straight, her sister's record (Humma Humma) suggests she isn't really that effective," McArdle said.
"It is the right type of field to be tackling and she should be able to get the back of one and get her chance.
"The market has probably gravitated to her as she's the only horse to win a race but the Godolphin horse (Kallos) has probably ran in a stronger race."
Tycoon Humma was a $240,000 buy at last year's Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and is a half-sister to Humma Humma, with McArdle having also prepared Strella and Hummalong from the dam, Humma Mumma.
"I won't make any decisions yet but if she was to gain some black type, I'd probably put her away and get her set for the spring as a three-year-old," McArdle said.
"The whole family have got their quirks and seem to get better with age and I think she will too."
Tycoon Humma won't be the only progeny of the dam on show at Headquarters on Saturday, with Humma Humma set to step out first-up in the $140,000 Listed ATA/Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m), but McArdle issued a word of warning to punters.
"She hasn't had a jumpout or a trial going in, just a few solid gallops," McArdle revealed.
"There aren't many options for her so this looked the best of them and she will certainly improve.
"There looks plenty of pace, so we'll just hope they are stopping quick at the end."
McArdle said this was likely to be the five-year-old's last racing campaign, with the Irwin Stakes and the Sangster Stakes likely to be her final two runs at Morphettville.
McArdle was inspecting yearlings on Thursday afternoon, with one lot sure to be on his radar Lot 87, the next of the Humma Mumma progeny. This year Flinders Park offer a bay filly by Zoustar.