PROBLEMATIC he maybe at one end but certainly not at the other.

Adjuvant evidently has some issues with stalls. Witness what happened on his debut at Chester and now at Salisbury. Awkward to load on both occasions, he still won convincingly.

Yesterday he eventually conceded to enter the stalls for the seven-furlong novice stakes but was always travelling nicely throughout the race. Tucked away in fifth place on the rails, the New Bay colt was switched three out and shrugging off a 4lb penalty, smoothly took up the running a furlong out to come home a two-length winner to enhance the record of trainer Michael Bell and jockey Oisin Murphy at the track, both enjoying a one in five winning ratio.

Murphy looked set to better that when Deep Snow moved up menacingly on the outside in the ten-furlong handicap. All five runners were in line two out but the issue quickly developed into a duel between the Newmarket challenger and the hat trick seeking favourite Nell Quickly. The concession of a stone however proved too much for Deep Snow who went down by half a length.

Nothing they say succeeds like success and David Probert is in rattling good form as reflected by Pearl Bay in the seven-furlong maiden confined to older horses.

It was a curious race.

The first three had been fought out on the traditional far rails which seemed set to be repeated until three out when Silvestre de Sousa suddenly made for the stands side on Unique Cut, taking Pearl Bay and the 200/1 rank outsider Titaneasy with him. The favourite gave way to two out and Pearl Bay, beaten out of sight as a 100/1 shot on her first run at Newmarket, swept clear to run out a four and a quarter length winner.

The afternoon began with a shock with Bolly Bullet taking the one-mile handicap. Not surprisingly, the ex-Irish gelding started at 25/1, having been off the track for almost a year, but there was no disputing his success. Pushed along two out, he looked held by the even money favourite Almadrina but then rallied gamely to take the lead a furlong out to score going away by two and a quarter length lengths.

However, the action ended on a favourable note for punters with the favourite Tralee Hills taking the 12-furlong handicap. The four-year-old cruised up to the leaders three out as though he would run away with the race but Cozone proved difficult to pass and Tralee Hills only exerted his superiority inside the final furlong.