The combination of blinkers first time and more suitable ground helped Tell William gain his first success in a Class 5 handicap over a mile at Bath on Tuesday evening.

Backward as a two year old and slow to come to hand he had shown distinct promise on his seasonal debut at Salisbury in July before he couldn’t cope with very soft going at the same track on August 14.

Tell William benefited from a positive ride at Bath by Martin Dwyer who bustled him along in the early stages before they edged into second place behind the leader Lucky Number approaching the bend.

When Lucky Number kicked for home Tell William was the only able to go with him and while he took time to find his stride as the pace quickened he edged ahead in the final half furlong and prevailed rather more comfortably than the winning margin of half a length might suggest.

Given that a previous course victor Conspiritor was six lengths away third this was a pleasing step forward by a horse described by Dwyer as a bit lazy and complacent.

Tell William won off a mark of 68 on Tuesday and should have more to offer now with this experience behind him.