Big-race options open for Balko Des Flos following Ryanair Chase success

    Aintree as well as Punchestown could come under consideration for Balko Des Flos following his emphatic victory in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday.
  • Saturday 17 March 2018
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Aintree as well as Punchestown could come under consideration for Balko Des Flos following his emphatic victory in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham on Thursday.

Connections are in hurry to firm up plans, but there options aplenty of options for the Henry de Bromhead-trained seven-year-old, who stormed past last year's winner Un De Sceaux to score by four and a half lengths.

"I was delighted with him. It was a great performance and Davy (Russell) gave him a brilliant ride. It was lovely to get one on the board," said De Bromhead.

"I'd say the fresh ground and the bit of rain just made it a bit looser and the sort of ground you can go through. I think he definitely would have struggled on Wednesday's ground, but luckily things fell right for us on Thursday.

"I probably was surprised how easy he went past Un De Sceaux, especially when the ground went in his favour.

"I just thought we needed to good ground to give ourselves every chance. I was surprised, as Un De Sceaux is a brilliant horse and it is great to win it.

"I'm not sure where we go yet, as we are just enjoying this win. We've not discussed it yet.

"Obviously he has shown he can get three (miles) so Punchestown could be his target, but there is Aintree as well."

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