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    Kim Bailey Pays Tribute to Retired Champion First Flow, Hailing Him as a Stellar Performer
Kim Bailey Pays Tribute to Retired Champion First Flow, Hailing Him as a Stellar Performer
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Kim Bailey Pays Tribute to Retired Champion First Flow, Hailing Him as a Stellar Performer

Kim Bailey has bid a fond farewell to his esteemed Grade One-winning chaser, First Flow, following the announcement of his retirement.


The 12-year-old's final appearance saw him triumph in the Godstone Handicap Chase at Lingfield during the Winter Million meeting, bravely carrying top-weight to secure victory by a length and a quarter over Saint Segal.

First Flow's retirement marks the end of a remarkable career that saw him clinch victory in 12 races and accumulate over £300,000 in prize money. Originally purchased at Tattersalls for €4,500, his pedigree provided little indication of the talent he would exhibit. Transitioning from a brief stint in bumpers, First Flow emerged as a talented novice hurdler, claiming victory in his initial three outings over obstacles.

In the autumn of 2019, he embarked on a novice chasing campaign, impressively winning on four occasions and consistently finishing in the top three in eight starts during his debut season over fences. The subsequent season saw him secure three consecutive wins and achieve success at the highest level with a notable triumph in the Clarence House Chase at Ascot, where he bested formidable rivals such as Defi Du Seuil and Politologue.

Attaining a career-best rating of 166, First Flow went on to compete in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at the 2021 Festival, finishing sixth. Subsequently, he continued to deliver strong performances in graded chases over distances ranging from two miles to two miles and six furlongs, including a commendable second-place finish behind Hewick in the Oaksey Chase at Sandown.

Reflecting on First Flow's retirement, Bailey expressed his admiration for the exceptional equine athlete, describing him as a standout performer in his stable. Acknowledging the inevitability of the decision, Bailey noted that First Flow had exceeded expectations by racing for an additional season. However, with limited opportunities available and a decline in his competitive edge, the time had come to bid farewell to the beloved chaser.

While the decision to retire First Flow was met with a tinge of sadness, Bailey recognised the importance of prioritising the horse's well-being, noting his fatigue and reduced suitability for Grade One races.

Describing First Flow as a remarkable individual with a captivating personality, Bailey recalled the journey with fondness and expressed a desire to find a suitable home for the retiring star, ensuring he remains close by to receive the care and attention he deserves.

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