The markets in certain races have been forever moving around with steamers and drifters near enough every day but the Stayers Hurdle market has been one of uncertainty with plenty of horses being made legible to race and the bookmakers not knowing who to price up as favourite.
However, over the last week or so they have seemed to narrow it down to the Emma Lavelle trained Paisley Park who is now the strong favourite for the Grade 1 hurdle race by a clear margin.
This seven year old from a small yard has been superb this season in all of his races and is still unbeaten landing all four of his contests including a Grade 1 last time out.
He started his season off at Aintree in a Handicap hurdle and went on to win in some style and it looked like his trainer underestimated how good he could be this season.
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He was then stepped up in trip on his next run at Haydock to three miles in Grade 3 company and revelled in the extra half a mile and went on to land the spoils against some decent and proven horses.
Again, on his third start he was stepped up in Grade again at his now preferred three miles and landed the Grade 1 Long Walk Hurdle against other black type winning horses and nudged himself onto the radar for the Stayers Hurdle.
His last run out came at Cheltenham in what is known unofficially as the Stayers Hurdle Trial and against opponents who will be heading to the festival in the same race and he ran away with the field .
He made light work of some good geldings, handled the track really well and stayed on up the hill under no pressure. All these runs this season have seen him moved along consistently since September in the Stayers Hurdle Market and from his furthest price of 33/1 he is now the current and clear market leader at 2/1.