Paisley Park got the best of a thrilling finish to the Grade Two Betfair Exchange Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park.

Seven horses took part in this three-mile contest.

Captain Cattistock and Shades Of Midnight took the field along on the long run to the first flight, with Theo’s Charm racing wider.

With a circuit to race, the field were bunched, with Captain Cattistock a narrow leader but four lengths covering the entire field.

Heading out down the back straight, Shades Of Midnight moved alongside Captain Cattistock, with Theo’s Charm to the outside and First Assignment close-up.

Shades Of Midnight kicked for home on the final bend and held a two length lead racing to the last, with Captain Cattistock unable to produce any more, but First Assignment closing.

At the last, First Assignment went on from Shades Of Midnight, while Captain Cattistock took a heavy fall.

First Assignment lead on the flat, but Shades Of Midnight fought back tenaciously on the rails. However, Paisley Park and Aidan Coleman, having been several lengths down at the last, and still five-lengths down at the furlong pole, began to sprout wings.

Momentum saw the Emma Lavelle trained top weight power down the outside and get up on the line by inches from Shades Of Midnight, as First Assignment finished about a length back in third.

The success was a 50th of the season for Aidan Coleman.