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“HOPEFULLY THE JOURNEY IS STILL GOING”: Aidan Coleman discusses ‘fantastic’ Paisley Park ahead of jump racing’s return

Aidan Coleman pays tribute to Paisley Park ahead of the upcoming National Hunt campaign



2AR1AEC Paisley Park ridden by Aidan Coleman before the Cleeve Hurdle during Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Aidan Coleman says that connections have to be “thankful” for the journey 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle hero Paisley Park has provided as the Irish pilot discussed the horse’s upcoming campaign.

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Emma Lavelle’s charge is a three-time Grade 1 winner and secured his finest hour at Prestbury Park just over two seasons ago when putting a fine field to the sword in devastating fashion under Coleman, his fifth and final win of that campaign.


It wasn’t as straightforward the season after despite a second win in the Cleeve in the January, with the loss of two shoes a reasonable excuse for a below-par performance in a bid to defend his crown.

But he regained his Long Walk title at Ascot later in the year before a battling third at Gloucestershire’s showpiece event three months later.

An ecstatic Emma Lavelle with husband Barry Fenton as she trains Paisley Park to win the Porsche long Walk Hurdle during the Saturday of the December Racing Weekend at Ascot Racecourse

Speaking on the Paddock Picks Podcast, Coleman believes that slower ground would’ve been more beneficial.

“I’m convinced Paisley would have won this year’s Stayers Hurdle on slower ground”, he said.

“I thought he did really well to finish where he did. If it was a bit slower, he would have won – he couldn’t really get into it.

Coleman landed his third Grade 1 at the Cheltenham Festival in a row as Put The Kettle On won the Champion Chase back in March

“He was a bit unlucky in that regard, but you can’t really call a horse like Paisley unlucky. We need to be very thankful for what we’ve had and hopefully, the journey is still going.

“He’s been fantastic.”

This year’s Champion Chase winning jockey, however, believes that old foe Thyme Hill will be difficult to beat.

Aidan Coleman - Paisley Park
Thyme Hill and Paisley Park faced off three times last season, with Thyme Hill coming out on top 2-1

“Aintree was a write-off. You have to be very worried about Thyme Hill. I love that horse, it’s just a shame he’s in the same division as Paisley.

“He’s probably one of my favourite horses in training that I’ll never ride.

“He’s going to be very hard to beat – simple.”

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.