Trainer Steve Wolfe is fresh off a Listed victory with Red Ora in the Bunbury Stakes and he can do Mungrup Stud owner Gray Williamson another favour if Lordhelpmerun wins at Ascot on Saturday.
Lordhelpmerun is a first-crop son of Mungrup freshman Playing God who has come close to breaking the ice on several occasions this season. Platoon was beaten a half-length by top filly Kiss the Breeze at Belmont and Wakan Tanka was nailed a nose at Ascot last month.
Wolfe wasn’t overly confident when he produced Lordhelpmerun at Ascot on March 10. After blowing a gale from $9 to $21, the first-starter flew home to finish a half-length second to Magic Planet over 1100m.
The extra distance of the Magic Millions Plate (1200m) this Saturday brings him right into calculations with the TAB betting $4.80 he can turn the tables on Magic Planet ($3.20).
Bred by Paul Cooke and Neville Parnham, Lordhelpmerun sold through the Toreby Park draft at the 2017 Perth Magic Millions. He races for a large syndicate after being purchased by Commercial Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Noel Carter for $25,000.
Parnham trained Playing God to G1 Kingston Town Classic victories in 2010 and 2011. He also raced Lordhelpmerun’s dam Pure Heaven (Snippetson) to wins at Ascot (2) and Belmont (2). And for good measure, he prepared second dam Magic Heaven (Magic Ring) to a LR Gimcrack Stakes victory in 2001.
If there’s an upset on Saturday, Parnham and his son Steven could knock punters for six with Playing God colt Wakan Tanka who has opened up at $26.
Either way, it will be a win-win result for Williamson who is still walking on air after the Bunbury Stakes bumped Red Ora’s bank balance to $636,300. He bred the son of Due Sasso and races him with old school mates from Aquinas College (aka) “The Red Coats”.