Spin Da Wheels stamped his WATC Derby credentials with a strong win in the $100,000 Magic Millions Yearling Sale Challenge Stakes (1500m) at Ascot.
An impressive winner of four races as a two-year-old, Spin Da Wheels returned from a spell but had no luck when fifth to the in-form Amorino a fortnight ago.
The tough three-year-old bounced back, running on from seventh on the turn for jockey Peter Hall to win the Listed feature by a length.
Black Heart Bart ran on strongly for second and My Sister Lil was beaten for the first time when a solid third.
Mountain Haze, the $3.10 favourite, finished fifth after setting the pace.
Trainer Michael Lane has Spin Da Wheels set for the $400,000 WATC Derby (2400m) on April 12.
“Not knocking the other horses, but I thought he had the form on the board,” Lane said.
“He’s a very handy horse.
“He’s in for a Derby campaign and in my opinion he’s only about 80 per cent fit.
“There is plenty of room to improve.”
Pop Culture bounced back from a disappointing Perth Cup performance to win the $100,000Magic Millions Race Series Detonator Stakes (1800m).
Trainer Colin Webster said Pop Culture resented racing inside of rivals when 15th of 16 behind Black Tycoon in the Perth Cup (2400m) last month.
The classy mare returned to her best, running on from ninth on the turn to beat Cyber Crime by 1½ lengths.
Coup Acclaim was third and Black Tycoon produced a perfect Adelaide Cup trial when running on from last for fourth.
Webster has Pop Culture set for the Bunbury and Pinjarra cups.