There was a familiar trainer’s name associated with the winner of the Grade Two Prix La Barka, as Mr Adjudicator won for the fourth successive time for Willie Mullins at Auteuil.
Nine went to post for this race over just short of 2 ½ miles, with Willie Mullins saddling five of the field in his quest for a sixth win in the race.
Blue Dragon set off in front of Stormy Ireland and Jazz In Montreux.
At the second flight, last year’s winner Bapaume made an error.
Meanwhile, Blue Dragon and Stormy Ireland moved six lengths clear of the remainder.
Passing the stands, Blue Dragon and Stormy Ireland continued to lead with a healthy break back to Jazz In Montreux and Adagio Des Bordes and that was the order, heading down the back straight, where the field spread across the track, with Mr Adjudicator sticking to the inside.
The field closed as Blue Dragon and Stormy Ireland raced out wide.
At the last in the back, Jazz In Montreux took a crashing fall.
Turning for home, Stormy Ireland moved ahead of Blue Dragon as Bapaume and Mr Adjudicator closed.
Blue Dragon saw odd Stormy Ireland who quickly folded but Bapaume went on and took the last in front.
However, Bapaume had not seen off stable mate Mr Adjudicator and Bertrand Lestrade on the inside. With the width of the track separating them, it was Mr Adjudicator who got up late on to win by a couple of lengths, with Blue Dragon keeping on at the one pace in third.