Paisley is Punchestown possible

Lavelle rules out Aintree with Stayers’ Hurdle winner

  • Saturday 16 March
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Emma Lavelle will bide her time before deciding whether to head to the Punchestown Festival with Stayers’ Hurdle hero Paisley Park.

The seven-year-old was crowned king of the three-mile division at Cheltenham on Thursday, adding a second Grade One to his tally after landing the JLT Hurdle at Ascot earlier in the campaign.

While Lavelle has ruled out a quick reappearance at Aintree next month, a trip to Punchestown at the end of April remains a possible option.

She said: “He’s in great order, but Aintree will come too soon. It’s too close to Cheltenham.

“We’ll see what happens whether we go to Punchestown or not. He’s had a great year. He’s only seven years old.

“He’s got a great future ahead of him, touch wood.”

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