COLEMAN FINALLY GETS GRADE ONE MONKEY OFF HIS BACK
PAISLEY PARK provided trainer Emma Lavelle and jockey Aidan Coleman with their first Grade One winner in the JLT Hurdle at Ascot yesterday. Lavelle’s charge had won a handicap at Haydock last time out, displaying a trademark turn of foot, and that was once again in evidence in an incident-packed renewal of a race better known as the Long Walk Hurdle.
Firstly, last year’s winner Sam Spinner was hesitant at the first hurdle and then got rid of Joe Colliver at the second. Then at the same flight on the next circuit, the well fancied Uno what i mean harry took a tumble as the field bunched up.
Approaching the second-last, nothing could be ruled out with confidence, but Paisley Park could be spotted going very well.
You never call, Top Notch, Call Me Lord, West Approach and even the outsider Garo De Juilley were all in with a chance approaching the second-last.
It was Paisley Park who jumped the last just in front of West Approach. The two pulled clear, with Paisley Park prevailing by two lengths as Coleman punched the air for an overdue top-level win.
“It’s such a relief,” he said. “I’ve been riding an awful long time and I hadn’t had one. I never thought it was on my mind — I’m not far off 1,000 winners — but 50 yards from the line I finally realised what a monkey it was on my back. It’s great to win but I’m almost embarrassed it’s taken me this long.”
Honeysuckle maintained her unbeaten record with an all-the-way win in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Boreen Belle Mares Novice Hurdle at Thurles.
Henry de Bromhead was speaking in glowing terms about the four-year-old, who has also won a point-to-point, when she won on her debut under rules at Fairyhouse.
Rachael Blackmore decided to keep things simple and soon had the 8-11 favourite in an early lead. Despite the challengers queuing up behind her at the turn into the home straight, Honeysuckle quickened impressively without Blackmore ever having to get serious.