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Dessie Hughes content with Our Conor after Leopardstown run

Updated: Monday, 30 Dec 2013 19:55 | Comments

Our Conor (yellow silks) is a best-price 9-1 for the Champion Hurdle
Our Conor (yellow silks) is a best-price 9-1 for the Champion Hurdle

Dessie Hughes is expecting an improved display from Our Conor in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle after taking encouragement from his comeback run at Leopardstown on Sunday.

Last season's brilliant Triumph Hurdle winner was third behind Hurricane Fly and Jezki in the Ryanair Hurdle on his return from injury and is set to head back to the Dublin track on 26 January when he could renew rivalries with his old adversaries.

"He's fine. I was happy enough he got so close. He jumped the last upsides," said Hughes.

"He didn't have the finest preparation in the world after he got hurt at Naas and was laid up for three weeks to a month.

"You could call it his first run - Naas was a waste of time - so it was a gutsy performance.

"He'll come on for that. He came on a lot from Leopardstown (Spring Juvenile Hurdle success in February) to Cheltenham last year. It's the Irish Champion next time and he'll be ready for it."

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