Balko Des Flos gets back on track at Punchestown
Balko Des Flos got his career back on track with a comfortable all-the-way victory in the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Maiden Hurdle at Punchestown.
Having won bumpers at Leopardstown and Sligo in the first half of last year, the Willie Mullins-trained five-year-old was unsurprisingly all the rage for his hurdling debut at Navan last month but was bitterly disappointing in finishing down the field.
Sent off the 11-8 favourite to right that wrong under Bryan Cooper, the five-year-old gradually wound up the gallop and had plenty in reserve as he passed the post three lengths clear of Robin Thyme.
Cooper said: "He could jump a bit better and was a bit green out in front, but he's still immature and has only just turned five. He's a grand horse for the future and he can go up in trip."