First Flow ‘ready to go’ as Kim Bailey prepares to apply for Punchestown Festival | Horse racing news
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First flow: head towards Punchestown
By James Stevens
Kim Bailey is set to take on the best of Ireland at Punchestown with First Flow en route to the William Hill Champion Steeplechase.
The nine-year-old is one of two British-trained horses among the participants, but Sandown was brought up for Nube Negra, leaving First Flow the only attacker likely to face Allaho, Put The Kettle On and Each For Self at home. . .
Bailey believes right-handed Punchestown will suit First Flow, whose Rank 1 victory in the Clarence House Chase came at right-handed Ascot in January. At Cheltenham, in the other direction, he could only finish sixth.
William Hill gave him a 12-1 shot with Each Pour Soi leading the bets at 5-4 for the April 27 race.
“He’s ready to go and we’re heading over there, that’s the plan,” Bailey said. “He didn’t run at Aintree so it’s a good race for him. He seems to be going in the right direction [at home]. At least that’s the right solution, which will help him.
“I’m sure they’ll do a phenomenal job with their watering. If the soil is like in Cheltenham, you’ll be fine.”
Bailey has four entries for Punchestown, but First Flow will be his sole representative throughout the five-day reunion, which begins April 27.
Espoir De Romay was one of the more exciting names after his big push at Aintree, when he traveled heavily in the company of Class 1 before dropping two.
The Handicap lifted him by 5 lbs to a mark of 160 for this loss in the Mildmay Novice Hunt, ultimately won by Chantry House, meaning he may need to be kept at Graded next season. .
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Kim Bailey: First Flow will be his only Punchestown runner of four entries
Bailey added: “Espoir De Romay had a tough race and fell penultimate so it’s a big request for him to go there. [Punchestown] and run again. The handicapper thought he would have won, his crystal ball is stronger than mine!
“Who knows? It was a long road. Anyway, it was a very good race and he is a very exciting horse for next season.”
He said of the remaining Ajero and Vinndication entries: “Ajero didn’t run very well at Aintree, so he’s done. [for the season] and Vinndication did not run its course either. They won’t run. “
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 8:00 AM, APR 19, 2021