Lavelle offers positive update on Paisley Park

Paisley Park disappointed in the Stayers' Hurdle at this year's Cheltenham Festival.
Paisley Park disappointed in the Stayers' Hurdle at this year's Cheltenham Festival.

Emma Lavelle is hopeful that her star hurdler Paisley Park can make a full recovery from the heart troubles which blighted him in his defeat in this year’s Cheltenham Festival

The eight-year-old was a commanding favourite for the Stayers' Hurdle having racked up a sequence of seven straight wins over two campaigns prior to lining up, but he ultimately disappointed behind shock 50/1 winner Lisnagar Oscar

He was subsequently found to have heart irregularities, but having carefully monitored him over the past few months, his trainer is confident that he will be back to his best this season. 

She told At The Races: “He has had a really good summer out with us, and he looks fantastic. 

“He always does well for his summer break so there’s gonna be a bit of work to get that off, but touch wood we’ll just train him as normal and keep a heart monitor on him just to make sure that his heart is working the way it should be. 

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“I don’t think there’s any reason to expect at this stage that anything should be any different to how it had been before. 

“We’ve talked a lot about it, and I think where Paisley was lucky is that it righted itself, so it didn’t need any intervention to get the rhythm back into the way it should be, and I think that’s quite significant, as it can be quite an unpleasant experience for them to go and intervene. 

“Hopefully with him it should be fine, and although we won’t know until we start doing a bit more with him again, and probably until his first race, but touch wood everything is great with him and we just can’t wait to get going.”

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