Lordhelpmerun ended his two-year-old season on a brilliant high after defying favourite Lady Cosmology in the Group 3 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Aided by a confident ride by Shaun McGruddy, Lordhelpmerun grabbed the lead at the top of the straight and held on to defeat the Simon Miller-trained Lady Cosmology by a half-head.
Platoon flashed home for third.
Lordhelpmerun, a son of dual Group 1 champion Playing God, turned the tables on the Miller stable after finishing third to Valour Road in the Karrakatta Plate two weeks back.
Valour Road finished fourth, beaten 2 ½ lengths after sitting outside of the leader Ionyx, who knocked up to finish a distant last.
Bam’s On Fire blew any hopes of victory when she missed the start again before running on strongly for sixth.
Lordhelpmerun gave McGruddy his third success in the Sires after previously guiding Luke’s Luck (2012) and Paris Petard (2006)).
“Lucky for us we held on because I did go early,” McGruddy said.
“But I thought my best chance was to put pressure around the turn.
“I really think this horse will get further than 1400m.”
Wolfe, who claimed his first Sires victory, lavished praise on McGruddy’s ride.
“Great effort and great ride,” Wolfe said.
“That’s why he is our number one rider, he does a great job.”
Lordhelpmerun, a $25.000 yearling, ends his two-year-old season with two wins and two placings from four starts and $220,300 in stake earnings.
Wolfe said he was confident Lordhelpmerun would come back and be a major presence in three-year-old Ascot carnival feature races later in the year.
“We will put him out now and the Guineas is on our radar,” Wolfe said.