Long Distance Hurdle: Champ pips Paisley Park in Newbury thriller as Sebastopol steals Grade Two honours | Racing News

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Champ pipped Paisley Park in a thrilling finish to the Coral Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on Friday.

The two 10-year-olds battled it out right to the line in the three-mile contest, with the strong-travelling, front-running Champ just getting the better of the popular former Stayers’ Hurdle winner, who powered home under Aidan Coleman.

Jonjo O’Neill Jr just had enough in the tank to thwart the Emma Lavelle-trained gelding as the pair were split by a neck, with the width of the track separating them.

Paisley Park did not jump with great fluency over the last two as he ate into Champ’s lead, while the Nicky Henderson-trained winner tied up towards the line.

However, Paisley Park just ran out of real estate, much to the relief of the winning trainer, who told Racing TV: “They’re good horses, but they are getting on a bit. Champ and Paisley Park have been…

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