First Flow has Cheltenham options after Peterborough Chase win

Kim Bailey has won everything as a trainer but even he was surprised by First Flow's reaction to being stepped up in trip to win the Peterborough Chase. There are Cheltenham options aplenty.

Kim Bailey's First Flow re-entered the Cheltenham equation after a game win in the Peterborough Chase at Huntingdon.

The nine-year-old is normally campaigned at two miles but responded well to being stepped up to two miles and four furlongs to win by four and a half lengths in Cambridgeshire.

Now First Flow has plenty of options for extended distances but still retains an entry for the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham in 2022.

Allmankind and Funambule Sivola battled it out for the lead for much of the way at Hungtingdon, with the latter winning that particular fight.

But Bailey's inmate followed Funambule Sivola into the straight before taking over, kicking four and a half lengths clear on the run-in.

Bailey said: "That was great. I'm pleased for Tony Solomons as he is my longest-serving owner.

"It is extraordinary. He (First Flow) is a freak of nature. I got him as a four-year-old and he has been a freak from day one, but that is what makes good horses.

"This race was never on the horizon as he was going to go to Sandown, but when they started watering there I thought it would be crazy for him as he is a horse that wants soft ground.

"I had an argument with my jockey (David Bass) all week. He was convinced he wasn't going to stay and I was convinced he would stay today.

"Watching First Flow has never been a spectacle and I hate every moment as he crashes through every fence - he has got no respect for anything!

"He is a complete freak of nature and an oddball in every sense of the word."

On future plans, he added: "I jokingly said this will open up options. There aren't many to go to, but it does help a little bit.

"I would definitely think he would go back for the Clarence House Chase now and he might get his ground there."

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