Cotherstone, named after a Durham village, was a bay colt by Touchstone out of Emma, bred by John Bowes, Esq., of Streatlam Castle, Durham (see lot 25) in 1840, and trained by John Scott.
In 1842 he ran a dead heat in the Nursery Stakes at Newmarket with Mr. Payen's Mania, while 1843 was a particularly successful year with many notable performances. At Newmarket, he won the Riddlesworth with F. Butler up, beating Lord Eglinton's Pompey and Mr. Thornhill's Elixir; he also won the Column Stakes beating Colonel Peel's Murat and Lord Albemarle's The Bower, and the Two Thousand Guineas with W. Scott up, beating the Duke of Richmond's Cornopean and Lord Oxford's Mallard.
That same year he also won the Derby at Epsom by a clear length, and then the Gratwicke Stakes at Goodwood, The Three Year Old Stakes at Doncaster and the Royal Stakes at Newmarket. Cotherstone was sold to the first Earl Spencer for three thousand guineas in 1844, and later retired to stud at Althorp.