More aggressive tactics will be adopted on Lordhelpmerun in the final two-year-old feature race of the season: the $200,000 Group 3 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Trainer Steve Wolfe considers an assertive approach from jockey Shaun McGruddy to be pivotal in Lordhelpmerun’s bid to rebound and defeat Valour Road and Lady Cosmology.
Simon Miller’s star pair are vying for TAB favouritism in the Sires Produce Stakes after finishing one-two respectively in last Saturday week’s Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m).
Lordhelpmerun ran third behind them, beaten 1 ¼ lengths, but lost no admirers in defeat after running on strongly and doing his best work late in the rich juvenile feature.
Wolfe said a step-up to 1400m should suit Lordhelpmerun and he will instructing McGruddy to ride the Playing God gelding with confidence.
“The horse has a big motor and we can attack whenever we want to,” Wolfe told Tabradio.
“Shaun was probably concerned what he had underneath him in his first couple of starts.
“He is the real deal and can take off whenever he wants to in this race now.
“It will be his last throw at the stumps in this preparation so we can go aggressively.
“He hasn’t gone backwards since his last run and I’m sure he will be competitive.”
Lordhelpmerun, a $25,000 yearling, hasn’t finished out of the money in his early career with one win and two placings from three starts.
He stamped his claims as one of the better two-year-old’s of the season with a powerful victory from last position two starts back.
McGruddy is hoping to secure his second Sires success after combining with the Trevor Andrews-trained Luke’s Luck in 2012.
Lordhelpmerun ($6.50) sits behind Valour Road ($2.60) and Lady Cosmoloy ($2.80) in TAB markets.