Paisley Park could make his seasonal reappearance this month, as connections are potentially aiming to kick-start the gelding’s campaign at Wetherby.
The staying hurdler has been one of the leading runners in the division for the last few seasons, claiming a famous Stayers’ Hurdle success at the Cheltenham Festival as well as two Long Walk victories as well.
The nine-year-old finished down the pecking order in the 2020 edition of the Stayers’ Hurdle but he was found to have a fibrillating heart post-race.
Emma Lavelle’s recruit bounced back at the second time of asking at Ascot before Christmas, before finishing third at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Owner Andrew Gemmill, talking to Racing TV, confirmed his gelding is ready for the upcoming season and that they’ve pencilled in the bet365 Hurdle at Wetherby on October 30th as his potential first gig this season.
“I saw him yesterday (Tuesday) actually, and he’s extremely well – everything looks good.
“I gave him lots of polos and he seems to be really, really well.
“He’s so well at the moment that we’re even considering going for the hurdle at Wetherby at the end of this month.
“We can see where we are and decide from there what we do.”