First Flow beats Politologue to claim emphatic win in Clarence House Chase

By: Greg Wood at Ascot Sunday 24 January 2021
  • First Flow gives Kim Bailey Grade One first win since 1995
  • Royale Pagaille hugely impressive again at Haydock

When Kim Bailey saddled Master Oats to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 1995, completing a rare double at a single Festival as he did so having taken the Champion Hurdle two days earlier, it was obvious his next success at the highest level was only a matter of time. What was unthinkable was that the time would turn out to be more than a quarter of a century.

As a result, the thrill of First Flow’s exuberant defeat of Politologue, last season’s Champion Chase winner, in the Clarence House Chase here on Saturday was soon followed by surprise, bordering on shock, at the realisation that he was Bailey’s first Grade One winner for nearly 26 years.

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