First Flow poised for Clarence House clash with Shishkin and co | Racing News

First Flow is on course to defend its crown in SBK Clarence House Chase at Ascot on January 22nd.

Kim Bailey’s charge was reckless at 14-1 last year, but he beat the Politologue favorite 11-8 by seven lengths after being prominent throughout Grade One function.

Having successfully reappeared in the Peterborough Chase in Huntingdon four weeks ago, First Flow will attempt to win the prestigious Ascot award a second time.

But this time around, he’s likely faced with a more difficult task, with Nicky Henderson’s Shishkin and Willie Mullins-trained Energumene among the voices. They both stumbled across the fences and were successful at the highest level.

“I am absolutely happy with him and he is well on his way to facing Shishkin and anyone else who wants to show up at Ascot,” said Bailey.

“It will be a little more difficult, but then it was a reckless horse in the race last year.”

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