Petite Jack registered his eighth victory at Lingfield with a typically game display in the Betway Handicap.
Neil King’s evergreen seven-year-old was produced by Ben Curtis to lay down his challenge and lead inside the final furlong, after Creationist had set most of the pace.
Petite Jack (8-1) quickly put the race to bed and crossed the line half a length to the good over Battle Of Marathon, who finished well to claim the runner-up spot.
“A lot of people have had a go on him and I was just lucky to get the leg-up on him today,” Curtis told Sky Sports Racing.
“I got a lovely sit just behind the pace and I was able to fill him up coming down the hill. I half filled him with a bit of confidence.
“When he hit the straight he went about his business. Normally he lies on the rail, but he ran one or two off it today, which was good.”
Owner Bill Burn said: “The plan has come together. He deserved it really. He’s run well the last few times and been unlucky.
“Everybody knows him – he hangs left, he’s got his quirks. He’s got one kick. We couldn’t get Luke (Morris) today, but Ben’s not a bad deputy.
“I paid £600 for him (in 2015). There’s not many of them about.”
Hollie Doyle continued her fine start to the new year with a 45-1 treble courtesy of Famous Dynasty, Portugueseprincess and Lalania.
After becoming the winning-most female rider in a calendar year with a total of 116 in 2019, Doyle is now on the 10 mark for 2020.
Michael Blanshard’s Famous Dynasty (11-4) got her off to a flying start in division two of the Betway Casino Handicap.
Archie Watson’s Portugueseprincess (5-4 favourite) in the Betway Median Auction Maiden Stakes and Lalania (9-2) for trainer William Stone in the Heed Your Hunch At Betway Handicap made up her trio.