Lavelle says Paisley Park ‘found its spark’ as he bids for Cleeve Hurdle’s fourth hit

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Coach Emma Lavelle says stable star Paisley Park ‘has found his spark’ as 11-year-old delivers record fourth victory in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham

  • Paisley Park has won 11 of its 25 races, including the Stayers’ Hurdle in 2019
  • The 11-year-old stable star has achieved one of his best seasonal returns at Newbury
  • Coach Emma Lavelle said she ‘not really sure why he got his spark back’

Trainer Emma Lavelle believes Paisley Park will argue for the Cleeve Hurdle to be renamed after him if he can become the first horse to win it four times at Cheltenham on Saturday.

The 11-year-old has looked revitalized this season, delivering one of his best seasonal comebacks when he was beaten in the neck by Champ in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury and easily won the Long Walk Hurdle at Kempton.

Lavelle said, “It sounds crazy to say, but I don’t really know why he got his spark back.” It probably wears a little less condition and is a little lighter.

Paisley Park is aiming for a record fourth victory in the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday

“Maybe it’s because the summer was so hot, so he didn’t put in as much. We didn’t have to be so hard on him to get him on the track. hope is now that he can continue this.

Paisley Park has won 11 of its 25 races, including the Stayers’ Hurdle at the 2019 Festival, a race in which it has finished third in the past two seasons.

His popularity is also due to his running style, invariably finishing with a goal even when a run may seem like a lost cause.

Coach Emma Lavelle admitted Paisley Park had

Coach Emma Lavelle admitted Paisley Park had ‘recovered its spark’ ahead of the weekend

Lavelle added: “What probably sets him apart is his longevity. He’s ready to fight pretty much every time.

“He loves it and couldn’t run his races like he does unless he did. It would be great if the Cleeve could be his race, but we still have a ways to go.

Paisley Park is evens favorite to clinch Saturday’s race.