PAISLEY PARK is expected to get his career back on track with a repeat success in the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle (3.00) at Newbury today.
An uneven heartbeat afflicted Emma Lavelle’s star, who beat Thistlecrack in this Grade 2 test 12 months ago, when he made his defence of his Stayers’ Hurdle crown at Cheltenham last March.
But Paisley Park, a flat seventh to Lisnagar Oscar at the National Hunt Festival, is reported back in rude health – and Aidan Coleman’s mount looks ripe for a winning return.
The Get Your Ladbrokes Free £1 Bet Today Handicap Chase (2.25) is wide open – but expect a good run from CLONDAW CASTLE.
The Tom George trainee ran a fine second in Aintree’s Old Roan Chase last month, and is capable of further progress at this two-and-a-half-mile trip.
A small but select field of three assembles for the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Committed To Safer Gambling Novices’ Chase (1.50), where preference is for FIDDLERONTHEROOF.
Successful at the highest level over hurdles for Colin Tizzard, Robbie Power’s mount got off the mark over the larger obstacles at Exeter 16 days ago, and has more to offer.
Nigel Twiston-Davies’ HILL SIXTEEN swaps disciplines after dotting up over fences at Ffos Las last time, and looks well treated in the Play Ladbrokes 1-2-Free On Football Handicap Hurdle (3.35).
Today's Nap selection comes at Doncaster, where JEAN GENIE can break a sequence of second places in the Sky Sports Racing HD Virgin 535 Novices' Handicap Chase (2.35).
The horse that finished in front of him last time, Cuban Pete, has won again and that adds depth to the form.
Still unexposed over fences in this country, he looks to have more to offer trying three miles for the first time.
The four-year-old allowance boosts his chance further.
12.15 FLINTEUR SACRE
1.15 REAL STONE
2.25 CLONDAW CASTLE
3.00 PAISLEY PARK
3.35 HILL SIXTEEN (NB)
11.55 YCCS PORTOCERVO
12.25 FLASH COLLONGES
12.55 AH WELL
2.00 JESSICA RABBIT
2.35 JEAN GENIE (NAP)
3.10 NINA THE TERRIER
12.05 BOLD DECISION
1.05 RAYMOND TUSK
1.40 TOM TULLIVER
2.10 LE REVEUR
2.45 JEANS MAITE
3.20 ST ANNE’S
3.45 DUTCH LIGHT
4.15 CUBAN FOX
6.15 TRINITY GIRL
7.45 FORTUNE FINDER
DOUBLE: JEAN GENIE and HILL SIXTEEN
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