Racing: Doctor Spin has all the answers

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DOCTOR SPIN put himself on course for a date at Royal Ascot with victory at Lingfield yesterday. Fulke Johnson Houghton's two-year-old rewarded favourite-backers with a smooth success in the Racing Channel Novice Auction Stakes and next stop is the Norfolk Stakes at the Royal meeting.

John Reid, was always sitting pretty on the son of the unheralded sire Namaqualand and merely had to change his hands to pick off the pace-setting Lucy Mariella inside the final furlong before securing a one-length verdict. Johnson Houghton said: "He never looked like getting beat, did he? I think he's a nice horse and his form is pretty solid. He's entitled to go for the Norfolk."

Doctor Spin runs in the colours of Anthony Pye-Geary who also owns the smart miler Centre Stalls, who will be bidding to improve upon last year's second in the Queen Anne Stakes at the Royal fixture. Centre Stalls finished third in the Lockinge Stakes on his reappearance two weeks ago and Johnson Houghton said: "He's in great form and I could not be more pleased with him."

Sea Wave coasted to a supremely easy victory in the 10-furlong Screen Stars Extra Premium Maiden Stakes. And anyone brave enough to back the Godolphin representative, who was returned at 1-4, never had an anxious moment.

Sea Wave took up the running three furlongs out and sailed away under Walter Swinburn in the final quarter-mile to score by 12 lengths from the second favourite Sea Almond.

The well-bred son of Sadler's Wells out of the 1987 Oaks third Three Tails, was comprehensively beaten by Capri over two furlongs further at Newmarket earlier this month. However, connections feel the colt warrants a return to a mile and a half, their representative John Phelan said: "He did it very nicely and will probably step up to a conditions race over a mile and a half. Walter said he gave him a good feel and he's an improving sort."

Evening World did not handle the track but still proved too good for his 10 rivals in the Tote Handicap. John Reid attempted to settle the hard-pulling son of Bering by going to the front, but Evening World was never happy rounding the turns and lost the lead briefly when running wide into the straight.

But Reid, completing a 26-1 double, got his mount back on an even keel and Evening World bounded clear in the final furlong.