A course winner over twelve furlongs last month, Sultan Ahmad Shah’s three-year-old appreciated the step up to a marathon trip here, accounting for his six rivals by an eased-down four and a half lengths.

The son of High Chaparral travelled powerfully throughout the 1m6f contest, sitting third as the field went through half-way before moving up to challenge the first-time blinkered Come Back King at the top of the home straight.

Dense fog obscured viewing at the business end of the race, but the result that looked likely entering the gloom was readily confirmed as the front pair re-emerged at the furlong marker, High Command winning with a minimum of fuss as the runner-up pulled fifteen lengths clear of the remainder.

Roger said: “High Command is progressing nicely and he has shown an affinity for this surface. There aren't too many suitable options for him back here in the coming weeks, but he holds an entry at Wolverhampton on Monday so we might consider backing him up under a penalty if he comes out of this race fine.”