When it comes to racing quotes of the year, few will surpass the quip of Jamie Osborne after Baofo Boy sprang a 100/1 shock in the novice stakes at Salisbury today: "I think the last time I had a winner first time out Tony Blair was in power," he joked. 

Despite a tardy start, there was no fluke about the success, though in truth the form might not amount to much as he narrowly beat a ruck of other debutants, scraping home by a neck as the lead more than once changed hands in the final furlong.

However, Osborne rates the two-year-old who will relish a step up in trip. "We have always liked him and he has been showing up well. I didn't look at the market but I had known he was anything like that price, I might have had a pound on him!"

If the first division was a shock, then the second was almost as surprising when Ribhi, despite markedly drifting in the market, bolted up at 20/1 for Marcus Tregoning who is far from renowned for having first time out winners.

Ribhi was held in midfield until he was switched to the rails about a furlong out and quickly swept past the odds-on favourite Buoyant.

"He's quire raw but luckily he did everything right and picked up well," remarked Tregoning who trains just 20 minutes from the course which he lauded for the state of the ground. "He's a speedy horse and might get a bit further."

However, he is adopting his traditional cautious approach with the Dark Angel colt who doesn't hold any fancy entries. "He might run next under a penalty."

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy considered Additional as his best hope at the meeting and the layers took notice as he was backed in from 11/4 to 7/5 but the sprint top weight was never in contention as the race fell to Tregoning's former neighbours, Daniel and Claire Kubler who have been sprucing up their new base at Lambourn and have won with four of their last eight runners in their 34 horse yard.

Seneca Chief however has been far from straightforward and they reached for the hood last time out, but all to no avail and his rider Richard Kingscote recommended they should be dispensed with. "It was switching him off too much and it was borne out here."

The feature race fell to Lilac Road who got up in the final stride to overhaul Technique, following a shrewd change of tactics from trainer William Haggas who has a remarkable 33 per cent strike rate at Salisbury. As usual, the filly got somewhat worked up before the start but once the stalls opened, gave no trouble to Tom Marquand.

"William was keen to drop her in. Previously we have been positive with her as she is so tough and game."

Marquand deliberately tracked Technique who he rode at Goodwood and knew it would be tough to get past but the favourite he admitted hung on a little more than he expected! "But she got up and did the job nicely."