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Incredible finish: Paisley Park (left) surprises everyone, including jockey Aidan Coleman, by beating Champ

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Aidan Coleman’s superb ride over Paisley Park in the Cleeve Hurdle left Ruby Walsh and fellow pundits almost in shock on ITV – after the former jockey quashed the pair’s chances after a nightmarish start. Here we relive how a dramatic Cleeve Hurdle unfolded. . .

Paisley Park stuns Champ with ‘special’ return to land Cleeve hat-trick


The worst possible start

The race started with Paisley Park nearly refusing to run, giving up around 15 lengths to the rest of the five-runner field. All hope seemed lost at this point and, speaking on ITV about what he would think in this scenario, Walsh saw no way back.

Ruby Walsh: “You just gave up and got back in the parade ring. He’s now running in a race he can’t win.”

Speaking after the race, Coleman revealed he could see it coming and did his best to avoid it.

Aidan Coleman: “He’s got it in him, he almost did it a few times. Right before the tape, I gave him a yank and a belt to his neck to say cop, and he did it anyway.”


Coleman begins to come back into the race

Paisley Park slowly begins to catch up to its rivals but remains off the pace in the opening rallies, with Coleman revealing his frustration with the post-race situation.

Colman: “I threw him the loop after the first one and said, ‘If you want to get in there, you do it, I don’t do anything. You pissed me off before, so you fix it. this mess, so fix it. “”


Paisley Park still has everything to do to get home

2020 Stayers’ Hurdle winner Lisnagar Oscar rides a strong run, but McFabulous and the 8-15 favorite champion travels well alongside him. The trio appear to have the race between them at the turn to get home with lively Coleman in the saddle as Paisley Park go fourth. Despite hitting a Betfair Exchange high of 48 during the race, Coleman knew he was far from done.

Colman: “I told Paddy [Brennan, on Dandy Mag] at the top of the hill, “I’m still in it even though it’s gone around in circles”. He’s just different on this track.”


The impossible becomes possible

However, a run of extraordinary patience and exquisite timing from Coleman begins to pay off as Paisley Park – always a fine finisher – begins galloping relentlessly down Cheltenham Hill on which he was victorious three times. previously.

In front of a shocked and delighted crowd, Paisley Park leaps alongside Champ in the lead at the last and, with the help of the side rail, sweeps away the winner of Long Walk for the most unlikely of wins.


“It was an incredible performance”

Walsh gave full credit to Coleman after the race.

Walch: “Fair play to Aidan Coleman. Lucky he’s driving it and not Ruby Walsh because I would have given up but, hey, it just goes to show you should never give up.

“It was an incredible performance, he gave them the best part of 15 lengths and in form he didn’t have 15 lengths to give them. It looked like he needed a few lengths ahead, without giving the others a step ahead, but it was an incredible performance from him and he looked like the horse of old.”

His expert colleagues agreed.

Mick Fitzgerald: “It was amazing. It was almost like it was going to be too easy jumping with the others, so [he said] I’m just going to give them a little nudge to make it interesting for me.”

Rather than basking in his moment of glory, the rider praised his mount.

Colman: “It’s really special. The longevity of this horse speaks to his ability and his character, I love him.”

Cleeve Hurdle: full result and replay


Saturday’s race reports:

Cleeve Hurdle: Paisley Park stuns Champ with ‘special’ return to land Cleeve hat-trick

Peter Thomas: Phenomenal Paisley lets us Brits forget about those garish green banners for now (Members’ Club)

Expert Jury: “It will take a good one to beat him in the Triumph Hurdle”

Cheltenham: Supreme an option for ‘chic’ new Triumph Hurdle favourite, says Gordon Elliott

Cotswold Chase: Chantry House offers JP McManus 4,000th Cotswold Chase winner

Sky Bet Chase: Windsor Avenue battles for Sky Bet win on stellar day for Brian Ellison

Doncaster: Arkle questioned Third Time Lucky offer after suffering setback in Lightning win


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FIRST POSTED AT 5:49 PM, JANUARY 29, 2022

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