Having had such a great preparation with Paisley Park ahead of the Paddy Power Stayers Hurdle, it was obviously massively disappointing that the day didn’t pan out in the way we had hoped. But, without doubt the most important thing is that Paisley came back in one piece and very much lives to fight another day.
Watching the race we never really felt he travelled and jumped in his usual fashion and looked very tired crossing the line, which would not be trademark Paisley. On examination back in the stables post-race he was found to have an irregular heartbeat. This was still the case late last night, but thankfully it had rectified by this morning, with an ECG showing it was all back to normal. He will head to Newmarket on Sunday to have further tests to make sure that all is well.
He is such a star and has done so much for us and we will make sure that no expense is spared in confirming all is well to resume training, and we hope it will not be too long before we see those big ears pricked and back in the winner’s enclosure!