Racing: Dee Pee Tee Cee on target for York prize

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DEE PEE TEE CEE put on the style again to complete a four-timer in the easiest fashion under Terry Lucas at Hamilton yesterday. He has now earned a step up in class and will return to York, the scene of his third success of the term last Saturday, to have a crack at the John Smith's Cup on 10 July.

His trainer Mick Easterby was not present but later responded from his Sheriff Hutton base to the news that the five-year-old had been allotted 7st 13lb in the big handicap. He said: "That will do fine and we will go for it!"

Dee Tee Pee Cee, shouldering 10st 2lb, including 5lb extra for his York win, made light of it, coasting past Captain Brady inside the last quarter mile and easing clear to win by three lengths. Lucas said: "He did not come down the hill too well but stayed on and though he goes on any ground a bit of cut probably suits him best. He gave the best feel he has yet."

The apprentice Richard Mullen is in sight of losing his allowance and was again seen to good effect as he brought his boss Michael Bell's Royal Fusilier home a decisive winner of the Rutherglen Classified Stakes and then wrapped up the day when winning the final race on Philmist for Linda Perratt. He was taking his score for the season to 13 and said: "This is the best start to a season I have made. I usually start slowly but finish well so I hope things keep going. The boss has been very good to me and stuck by me, and I need only 10 or so winners to lose my claim."

Late Night Lady showed the way home under Michael Tebbutt in the Drumloch Claiming Stakes. The trainer Pat Haslam said: "This is the first of our 18 two-year-olds to win. She is in at Musselburgh on Monday, but the track might be too sharp for her so we will have to wait and see."

Third-placed Dispol Jazz might have won had she not hung badly right and her jockey Tony Culhane was suspended for two days - 25-26 June - for using his whip with excessive frequency.