After a fine week it's business as usual for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh, who can get the day off to a bright start via DJAKADAM. Long odds-on when unshipping his rider on his debut for the yard in January, he made amends with a facile all-the-way success at Gowran and will be stepping up in grade after this. Courage will be winning soon, though he was a long way behind the selection at Gowran before a better effort at Navan a couple of weeks ago. Charlie Swan's hurdling newcomer Foot Soldier has some fair form on the Flat and is fit from a run at Dundalk earlier this month.
Djakadam (FR) 4-7fav (11-7) Soon led, clear approaching straight where raced towards stand's side and jumped left 2 out, asserted and stayed on well to draw from before last, comfortably, won at Gowran Park 2m 4yo mdn hdl hvy in Feb beating Ibsen (11-2) by 14l, 9 ran.
Byron Blue (IRE) 25-1 (11-4) In rear, closer in 6th 4 out, ridden in 4th 2 out, no impression, 6th of 10, 22l behind Call Me Bubbles (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.
Courage (IRE) 2-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 4th 4 out, ridden from next, went 2nd 2 out, dropped to 3rd at last, kept on without threatening to go 2nd again close home, 2nd of 10, 5l behind Call Me Bubbles (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.
Fast On (IRE) 10-1 (10-5) Led, mistake and headed 2 out, soon ridden and no extra, 5th of 6, 32l behind Money Spider (10-3) at Punchestown 2m 3yo hdl hvy in Nov.
Foot Soldier (IRE) 10-1 (9-7) Waited with, well off the pace, wide and effort straight, soon no impression in 7th, no extra from over 1f out, 9th of 10, 11l behind Shukhov (9-12) at Dundalk 1m 3f app hcp pol (flat).
Getoutwhenyoucan (IRE) Beneficial colt out of Ballycleary.
Synchronicity (IRE) 7-1 (11-7) Held up in touch, pushed along in 8th after 4 out, kept on without threatening, 5th of 10, 20l behind Call Me Bubbles (11-7) at Navan 2m 4yo mdn hdl sft.