Owned by HRH Sultan Ahmad Shah, High Command had shown promise in maidens before running a fine third in competitive company on his handicap debut at Newcastle last month.

Ridden by Jack Mitchell, he duly built on that promise here, adopting a prominent position from a tricky draw and travelling powerfully throughout the twelve-furlong journey.

Jack asked High Command to win his race turning for home and as the remainder of the eleven-strong field came under strong pressure, he cruised serenely into the lead and put a significant gap between himself and the pursuers.

Shaken up inside the final quarter mile, High Command was never in any danger of being caught, recording a comfortable two-and-a-half-length success at the line and winning with his ears pricked.

Roger said: “High Command has always shown ability and he handled conditions very pleasingly here. He looks a horse who should continue to progress, and given his clear affinity for the surface, we might try and come back here for his next outing.”