Big money for Our Conor ahead of 2014 Champion Hurdle, with the Dessie Hughes horse likely to outpace his rivals
Our Conor won the Triumph Hurdle by an astonishing fifteen lengths at the 2013 Cheltenham Festival and the five-year-old can triumph at Prestbury Park once again when he takes on the cream of the hurdling crop over two miles in the Champion Hurdle.
Dessie Hughes has reported his charge to be in fine fettle ahead of the showcase race on Day One of the Festival, with money coming for a horse that finished narrowly behind Hurricane Fly last time out after nearly passing his older adversary.
Hughes said after that run: “He’s come out of the race absolutely fine and I’m very happy with where we are with the horse. We were a bit disappointed as it looked as though he might have it won at one stage, but I’m thrilled he improved, which I thought he would.
“He’s just a bit young and for a five-year-old to do that, I think was a tremendous performance. He was nearly the last horse off the bridle which was a fantastic feat in itself beside that horse (Hurricane Fly).
“For three or four strides after the last I thought we had him but the other old boy just wore him down. Being a young horse, he should improve and I think Cheltenham improved him last year; he was definitely a stone better horse last year at Cheltenham.
“He appeared to love the track (at Cheltenham) and he’s definitely a better horse on better ground. All in all, I think we’ll be going to Cheltenham more optimistic than pessimistic and he must go there with a fighting chance.”
Our Conor found a huge amount of improvement in last year’s Triumph and the same could happen in the Champion Hurdle, with odds of 4/1 about the Irish raider looking like an each-way bet to nothing, with the horse simply needing to finish in the first three to make sure you at least break even.
However, we think that Our Conor can get the better of Hurricane Fly, while The New One and My Tent Or Yours weren’t overly impressive in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton Park and might be competing for third place as the two Irish horses battle it out to be champion.
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