THE groundsman at South Wilts golf course would have hardly been impressed by the antics of runaway Jasmine Joy who careered down the final hole of the nine hole course.

The filly crashed through the rails before the novice stakes runners at the adjacent Salisbury racecourse could be loaded into the stalls and continually ran up and down the fairway before being caught.

But the drama did not end there. The equally well backed Pennymoor unshipped Kieran O'Neill and breezed down the home straight until she was collared, the shenanigans causing an 11 minute delay but not upsetting Amy Beach who prevailed in a photo finish.

"She's a very laid back filly at home and with all the trouble going on at the start, she didn't flinch," observed Mick Channon's son, Jack. "She was very calm and needed to be."

Nothing, as they say, succeeds like success and George Boughey bagged his eighth two-year-old winner of the campaign when debutante Superior Force ran out a comfortable winner but unlike his predecessors, the colt had indicated on his work at home a marked preference for underfoot conditions.

Jockey Rossa Ryan says there's much more to come from the juvenile who also possesses a very laid-back attitude: "You could set a bomb off and he wouldn't notice. He has been working well at home and will come on mentally from this."

Halfway through the five furlong test, Ryan however feared the 6/4 favourite was beaten. "I thought we were in trouble and I had to get after him much more than I liked. He knew what to do but was timid about doing it."

The field raced up the traditional far side for the opening race but with the ground riding soft, riders took the more conventional path of sticking to the stands rails for the subsequent ten furlong novice stakes.

In reality, it would have not made difference where they had chosen. Military Mission was fully in control throughout and the further they went, the further he went clear, the official verdict being eight and a half lengths and according to Oisin Murphy, the three-year-old, who had improved for his seasonal debut at Redcar, would have enjoyed the experience. "Horses are intelligent creatures and know when they have won. I hope he will build on that."

Murphy seized a double in similar circumstances, leading from flag fall on the superbly bred Pretty Fair who evidently needed her first racecourse experience at Kempton last month. "Oisin said she loved it in front."

But the riding honours of the day went to Ryan who took the feature race on Lord Protector and then Reverend Hubert in the 14 furlong handicap. Plan A went out of the window with the former who remains unbeaten after three races. Nobody wanted to lead in the five runner affair and he was forced to make the running after 100 yards on the quirky individual who likes to do things his own way.

"You must not fight him. You just leave things to him. Ralph (Beckett) told me to ignore him and the better he would be."