Tompkins has high hopes Ted will Spread success
Mark Tompkins unveiled the horse he believes has the potential to provide him with a second Classic success as Ted Spread battled his way to win the MBNA Chester Vase on the Roodee.
And although trimmed in the ante-post markets to around the 33/1 mark for the Investec Derby, it is the Ladbrokes St Leger which is foremost in Tompkins' mind.
The Newmarket trainer struck in the world's oldest Classic 17 years ago with Bob's Return and is inclined to try and pull off the same Chester-Doncaster double achieved by Millenary at the turn of the century.
Darryll Holland struck for home off the final bend and despite being taken on by Icon Dream, the 8/1 chance came again for a head success.
Tompkins said: "Darryll had to wind him up, but he stayed on well on the ground. We instilled in Darryll that he would stay. He's in the Derby and I suppose we'll go there if the ground is right, but he wouldn't like it too firm and longer term we'll go down the St Leger route as he should stay that far. That was a good experience for him around the turns, he had to battle a bit and it will have done him good."
William Buick followed up his Chester Oaks success and nailed his third winner of the meeting as he produced John Gosden's Debussy for a two-length triumph in the Betfair Huxley Stakes.
The 11/1 chance was the only runner to get competitive with the front-running Les Fazzani as big names South Easter, Redwood and Stotsfold failed to land a blow.
Buick said: "I wanted to jump and make the running but Paul Hanagan went on and I was happy to sit behind. Turning in I always felt he would win so long as nothing came from the clouds."
Buick didn't have to wait long for win number four either as Dress Up marked herself out as a speedy filly on the rise with her dashing 9/2 success in the Abode Hotel EBF Maiden Stakes.
Eddie Stobart chief executive Andrew Tinkler invested heavily at the Newmarket sales last autumn and enjoyed a return on his outlay as 110,000 guineas purchase Sweet Lightning (13/2) struck first time out in the Cordjia Renaissance Handicap.
Trainer Michael Dods said: "He's in at York next week but probably won't run and the plan is the Zetland Gold Cup and then the John Smith's Cup."
Tinkler placed around 20 horses with the Darlington-based handler and also convinced colleague William Stobart to invest, resulting in the Cumbrian landing the CVAM Handicap.
Thin Red Line was campaigned over further when with Ed Dunlop but had few issues dropped back to a mile and a quarter to cause a 25/1 upset and complete a 194/1 brace for Dods and jockey Tom Eaves.
Horseradish (11/4) turned out three days after finishing placed at Newmarket and Hayley Turner's mount thwarted the challenge of 2/1 favourite Rule Of Nature by a little over two lengths in the Stellar Group Handicap.
Trainer Michael Bell said: "That is amazing for Gilly (Rowland-Clark, owner) who has been a loyal supporter of the stable and that is her 50th winner."
Michael Jarvis' in-form yard was again worth following and punters latched on to his Yaa Wayl in the Boodles Diamond Eternity Handicap with the 7/2 favourite lasting home by a nose from the lunging Our Joe Mac.