Paisley Park makes winning return at Newbury
Paisley Park picked up where he left off last year with a success in Newbury in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle.
Emma Lavelle’s bill was that the dominant force in the division last season, winning each of his four starts, such as the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Creating his first competitive appearance since that success, the seven-year-old was that the favorite that is 8-15 in the hands of spouse Aidan Coleman – and got the work done in fashion.
Paisley Park faced just four rivals in the three-mile Grade 2, including three previous winners of this race in Thistlecrack (2015), Beer Goggles (2017) and dual victor Unowhatimeanharry (2016 and 2018).
The Worlds End took the quintet together for a lot of the way, however, had been passed by Colin Tizzard’s and also Paisley Park veteran Thistlecrack about the series to the flight.
In receipt of 6lb, Thistlecrack did not go down with a struggle, but Paisley Park was getting the better of this argument about the run-in and won with a length in hand.
Lavelle said:”I am delighted for Andrew (Gemmell, proprietor ) and I am thrilled for the team. Provided that everything is great after now, it is going to be Ascot alongside the Long Walk (December 21) and then the same sort of course as last year.
“it is a large sigh of relief. We said ‘isn’t it good to get this kind of stress’, but it did feel as a great deal of stress. I am so thrilled for everybody and I am thrilled for your horse as much.
“He won well in the long run and the buzz is incredible. To train a horse like this is a duty and really a large privilege .
“I don’t wish to get him defeated for everybody, so for him to get it done the way he did with the improvement nevertheless there it’s just extremely exciting.
“I believe he is just wonderful.”
Tizzard was thrilled with the performance of Thistlecrack, who is now set to get a third suggestion in the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day – a race he finished second in last year and won 2016.
“He is a very good horse and demonstrated it again today. Paisley Park is not for being beaten right now. We got close to him a few times a year and that he always finds a bit more,” said the Dorset-based coach.
“Thistlecrack ran beautifully and will improve hugely for this run. I could not be happier.
“The strategy is to go to the King George – we all created that plan ages past. Those hurdles jumped he’s a King George winner and was second last season, which means you can’t say he is better over battles.
“We can not not go due to (stablemate) Lostintranslation.”