Follow Jumps Racing on Facebook
Horse Racing

Balko Des Flos Downs Un De Sceaux In Ryanair Chase Romp

Thursday 15th March 2018
Don Poli

Balko Des Flos produced a sensational performance to win the 2018 Ryanair Chase, as the Henry de Bromhead-trained raider beat reigning champion Un De Sceaux with aplomb, in a race that saw Cue Card pulled up in the middle stages of the race.

Paddy Brennan elected to send Cue Card out in front early, but he was constantly niggling at the veteran, and down the back straight on the second circuit he began to fall back through the field, and Brennan chose to pull the multiple Grade 1 winner up, and leave the other quintet to fight it out.

Un De Sceaux took up the lead in front with a lap to go, but Balko Des Flos was always travelling smoothly in behind for Davy Russell, who had earlier ridden the Pertemps Final winner Delta Work, and Russell cruised past Un De Sceaux as they turned down the hill, and into the home straight.

Having kicked a few lengths clear, Balko Des Flos was beginning to get tired in the testing ground, but Un De Sceaux was unable to reel in the 8/1 shot, and Balko Des Flos went on to land the prize by four-and-a-half lengths, Un De Sceaux finishing second and Cloudy Dream in third.

14:50 Ryanair Chase (Grade 1) (Registered As The Festival Trophy)
1.Balko Des Flos - H De Bromhead - D Russell - 8/1
2.Un De Sceaux - W Mullins - P Townend - 8/11f
6 Ran

Latest Horse Racing Articles
Up to £100 in bet credits
Exclusive Promo Code
Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5 and 1x settled bet requirement to release Bet Credits. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&C's apply, 18+ begambleaware.org.
Bet £10 Get £30
Exclusive Promo Code
New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30F - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General deposit method & withdrawal restrictions apply & full T&Cs apply.
Treble the Odds - Paid in CASH
Valid to new players only. Profit Boost Ticket [PBT] is equivalent to 200% on top of a winning bets profit. Real money bets only, max stake of £/$/€10. Free bets do not qualify. PBT bets cannot be ‘Cashed in’. PBT expires after 7 days and additional wins (up to £/$/€5000) credited as cash upon bet settlement. This offer may not be combined with any other offer. Deposit balance is available for withdrawal at any time. General withdrawal restrictions & full T&Cs apply. 18+ begambleaware.org.