Owned by Sheikh Mohammed Obaid, the son of Sea The Stars shaped with plenty of promise to finish third on his debut at Newmarket before looking to be unsuited by the tight turns of Chester when finishing fifth at the May Festival.

Although the downhill section of this undulating course was probably not ideal for him either, Howman made no mistake under Andrea Atzeni, breaking alertly and dictating a sensible tempo before quickening things up with a quarter of a mile left to run.

The twice-raced Life On Earth briefly looked like she would throw down a challenge, but Howman only needed to be kept up to his work in the closing stages to win by a comfortable length and a quarter and set himself up for handicaps moving forward.

A 450,000 guineas half-brother to G1 Coronation Stakes winner Lillie Langtry, who herself has produced the exceptional Minding, Howman ought to progress across the course of the summer and he will not be inconvenienced by the return to further either.

Roger said: “This was an ordinary race, but Howman has done what the formbook entitled him to and it was a comfortable victory in the end. We will keep him at a realistic level but he should certainly be winning more races.”