IN the height of summer, flat race jockeys are used to riding at two meetings a day but Jamie Spencer, Oisin Murphy and Tom Marquand operated at both ends of the country yesterday, first at York's afternoon card and then making the 250 mile flight to Salisbury for the evening meeting.

Having ridden in the 4.10 at the Knavesmire track, they were driven the two miles to the former RAF base at Rufforth where they boarded a flight to Sarum Airfield before making the dash to Salisbury racecourse, arriving with 15 minutes to spare for the major race of the evening.

And for Spencer it was well worthwhile, partnering Mohican Heights to a two lengths success in the £30,000 listed race.

The juvenile, who had won on his debut at Leopardstown in May, was snapped up for £520,000 by Qatar Racing at the Royal Ascot sales and had due to run for his news connections in the Chesham at the meeting but was withdrawn because of the soft going.

Relishing last night's quicker ground, he deeply impressed Spencer who firmly believes the best is yet to come.

"He is a nice horse and will be an even better horse over a mile and a half next year. He has been flying under the radar at home, he's quite lazy but he really picked up when I wanted him to. He enjoyed the ground and is a very good mover. He is a very good horse."

However Murphy did not have a wasted journey, driving home the 5/6 favourite Cambric by three quarters of a length from Cogital in the closing 14 furlong handicap to strengthen his lead at the top of the jockeys championship.

There can be no greater gulf in quality between Mohican Heights and Haraz who Megan Trainor describes as "a bit of a monkey" but the modest handicapper provided one of the shocks of the season when taking the one mile amateur riders race at 100/1 and giving the 26-year-old her first winner.

Haraz had only won of his previous 56 races and was 3lb out of the handicap but after bounding out of the stalls, he was never headed.

Trainor regularly rides the tricky six-year-old at home and is never sure what to expect.

"Sometimes he will pull your arms out and on others he won't go more than a yard."

But Haraz was on his best behaviour in the race, jumping smartly out of the stalls to make all.

"I just let him bowl out in front and let him run his own race. I thought two furlongs out they would come and pass me but he kept on galloping and galloping and galloping and won."

Normal service was resumed in the six furlong auction race with the 1/2 favourite Hamish Macbeth readily seeing of his only market rival Cosmic Power.

Jack Mitchell's assessment said it all: "He was simply better than the others. He has now won two novice races and one carrying a penalty. He's still immature, was keen early on and needs to grow up, but he should go on from here."

Mitchell was expected to win the following nursery on Incinerator but he saw as much light as a mole when trying to mount a challenge from behind a wall of horses. Repeatedly baulked, the favourite had to be switched around the field but then never had the pace to overhaul Walkonby who in a driving finish drew away from Always Fearless deep inside the final furlong.

Sent off at 50/1 on her two first two runs, she had appreciated the drop in grade when scoring in a Newmarket seller a fortnight ago.

"The step up in trip (from seven furlongs to a mile) suited him perfectly and he's improving," said Allana Mason, Mick Channon's travelling head girl.