Talking Horses: Paisley Park begins long road back to Cheltenham

By: Greg Wood Thursday 26 November 202

Paisley Park returns to action at Newbury on Friday, eight months after losing to Lisnagar Oscar in one of the biggest Festival upsets of recent years

For the first time since his unforgettable success in the 2019 Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham, Paisley Park is likely to start at odds-against when he returns to action at Newbury on Friday, eight months after losing his staying crown to Lisnagar Oscar, a 50-1 shot, in one of the biggest Festival upsets of recent years.

In part, the sponsor’s quote of 15-8 for the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle reflects the quality of the field lining up against Paisley Park for the feature event on the first day of Newbury’s Winter Carnival meeting. Four of his nine opponents are previous Grade One winners and all four are a bigger price to win on Friday than the 5-2 shot McFabulous, who took the Grade Two Persian War Hurdle on a tight rein last time out.

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