Monday 20 November 2017

Balko Des Flos gets back on track at Punchestown

Balko Des Flos ridden by Bryan Cooper on the way to winning the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Maiden Hurdle during the Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase Day at Punchestown. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Balko Des Flos ridden by Bryan Cooper on the way to winning the Michael Fitzpatrick Memorial Maiden Hurdle during the Boylesports Tied Cottage Chase Day at Punchestown. PRESS ASSOCIATION

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."

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