By Andrew Atkinson
Emma Lavelle trained Paisley Park – tipped to win the Grade 2 galliardhomes.com Cleeve Hurdle – obliged at Cheltenham on Saturday, under jockey Aiden Coleman.
“It turned into a sprint – I had to get stuck in, in the straight,” said Coleman, after a gruelling 3 miles race.
“Going to the last I thought this was perfect – he’s brilliant. I’m excited to be associated with him,” said Coleman, who rode Paisley Park to victory ahead of Summerville Boy, second and Lisnagar Oscar, third.
Eight-year-old Paisley Park, owned by Andrew Gemmell, hit the bookies, having been a strongly fancied 4-6 favourite.
Paisley Park is priced 5-4 favourite in the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March: “He’s a special, special horse,” said Gemmell.