Punters followed McArdle’s lead, backing Hydro Star to start as a $3.40 favourite.
Hydro Star showed his inexperience in patches but also unveiled an impressive motor as he powered to a two-length debut win as a $3.40 favourite.
McArdle said jockey Jamie Mott knew Hydro Star was a promising type from the moment he first sat on the son of Headwater. But a track gallop alongside Group II winner Humma Humma convinced the Mornington trainer of the youngster’s potential.
“A lot of the credit has to go to Jamie,” McArdle said. “The horse was to go to Hong Kong but he pleaded with me to speak to the (owners) O’Briens and keep him.
“The first time he ever galloped him he said, ‘wow, what’s this?”
“He’s still a big baby and he still didn’t do everything right but when Jamie asked him (for an effort), that’s exactly what he’s done at home.”
McArdle’s next decision will be to work out whether he sends Hydro Star straight to a stakes race at Caulfield for his second start or take a conservative approach with the rising three-year-old.
He said Hydro Star would have a week’s rest before that decision is made.
“He’s going to be better over more ground and he’s going to be better on top of the ground,” McArdle said.
“The Vain (Stakes) is in three weeks’ time and he’s a fit horse. He’ll actually go back to Lauriston and do a week down on the beach.
“All going well, we’ll bring him home and have a look at him and decide whether we throw him in the deep end or go from there.”
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