Paisley Park team turn to cheekpieces for crucial Newbury Long Distance Hurdle run

Paisley Park won the Stayers' Hurdle in 2019 but has struggled since; Emma Lavelle's horse plugged on to take third in Grade Two at Wetherby last month; he will run at Newbury before decision to run over fences

Paisley Park ridden by Aidan Coleman
Image: Paisley Park - wears cheekpieces at Newbury

A decision on whether Paisley Park could pursue a career over fences will be delayed until he runs at Newbury later this month in the Long Distance Hurdle.

A novice chasing campaign was mooted for the 2019 Stayers' Hurdle hero earlier in the year, but connections elected to stick to the smaller obstacles for his return to action at Wetherby's Charlie Hall meeting.

Paisley Park was under pressure a long way from home, but stuck on to pick up minor honours in third, leaving Lavelle keen to have another crack at a race her stable star won two years ago.

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"He's come out of the weekend really well. He's just back cantering and doing everything as you'd expect," said the trainer.

"He's probably tightened up a bit for it, which is always a good thing.

Andrew Gemmell
Image: Andrew Gemmell, owner of Paisley Park

"We're going to put some cheekpieces on him, just to try to make it a bit easier for himself - he makes it tiring to watch!

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"Physically he's come out it really well, so we'll see if the cheekpieces help at Newbury and we can make a decision on where we go after that."

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