THE Prix la Barka is a race that usually goes a little under the radar, given that it is run in France just when the flat season is getting going. It used to be run in May, but these days they run it when you are trying to pick over the bones of Epsom and pick through the prospect of Royal Ascot.

It doesn’t go under Willie Mullins’ radar though. He fielded five of the nine runners in Sunday’s race, and he came home with the lion’s share of the prize money, with Mr Adjudicator winning the race and Bapaume finishing second.