Tompkins pleased with Spread progress

Mark Tompkins is praying for rain in his native Yorkshire to aid Ted Spread’s cause in the Ladbrokes St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday week.

Sheffield-born Tompkins lifted the world’s oldest Classic with Bob’s Return in 1993 but dearly wants plenty of cut in the ground for Ted Spread.

The Chester Vase winner breezed through his final serious piece of work under Darryll Holland, much to his trainer’s delight.

“It was just a nice piece of work. They never do too much with me,” said Tompkins.

“It was just an ordinary piece of work but he did it very nicely. He moved well and I was happy with him.

“I just hope it rains. It might not rain enough and I’m just hoping for the best.”

Ted Spread is generally available at 25-1 for the St Leger.

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