After his good effort at Kempton last week, Cotillion managed to win for the first time since January 2012 when getting up in the last stride to win by a nose, and the same, under Willie T-D at Lingfield.

Cotillion has been a hard horse to keep sound in recent seasons, but had some classy back-form on his card, and his recent runs at Haydock and Kempton suggested that he was about to strike form.