Paisley Park is getting care and attention from Sprinter Sacre’s medical team in a bid to get back on track from an irregular heartbeat.
Emma Lavelle’s stable star gave up his Stayers’ Hurdle crown at the Cheltenham Festival in tame fashion last week, and post-race testing revealed an irregularity with his heartbeat.
The problem corrected itself, a positive sign, while subsequent tests have been carried out to ensure Paisley Park’s well-being.
Dual Champion Chase winner Sprinter Sacre suffered the same problem in his career. After seemingly being floored by the issue, he roared back to win at the Cheltenham Festival in 2016 for trainer Nicky Henderson.
The 2008 Gold Cup hero Denman was another to suffer a heartbeat irregularity before winning his second Hennessy and twice finishing second in further Gold Cups.
The outlook for Paisley Park is positive at this stage, according to Lavelle.
“All the tests were clear in Newmarket and he’s come back with a heart monitor set which he’ll wear when he starts back into exercise tomorrow,” she said on Tuesday.
“Celia Marr [who treated Sprinter Sacre] commented on just how big his heart was and some of the best horses are predisposed to this, making them that good but predisposed to electrical imbalances within their heart.
“Paisley Park rectified everything of his own accord which is very positive and only six per cent of horses have the symptoms reoccur.”
“Regardless of him not running again this season it’s still important we run these tests. He will do enough, doing a swinging canter [at home], and as long as he’s fine we will let him down for the summer,” Lavelle added.