COLE­MAN FI­NALLY GETS GRADE ONE MON­KEY OFF HIS BACK

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - RACING -

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.

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