ROUND two of Paisley Park vs Thyme Hill, in the Long Walk Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday, saw the former level the scores, as might have been expected on better terms and in more conducive circumstances than in the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury the previous month, but not without a major scare along the way.

Off level weights, and on softer ground, Paisley Park got outpaced on the home turn and looked a lost cause until staying on dourly to lead in the last couple of strides.