Connell purchases Our Conor
Updated: Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 15:03
Triumph Hurdle hero Our Conor has been bought by leading owner Barry Connell.
The four-year-old was an effortless 15-length winner of the Grade One event at Cheltenham last week, completing a double at the highest level and taking his tally to four wins in as many starts over hurdles for trainer Dessie Hughes.
Connell was impressed with what he saw at Prestbury Park and snapped up the Jeremy gelding for an undisclosed sum from the Man About Town Syndicate.
He said: "I basically agreed the deal yesterday and it has been finalised today.
"I'm very pleased as he's an exciting horse and I was very impressed with what I saw at Cheltenham.
"Hopefully with a little bit of improvement, you would imagine he should be a Champion Hurdle contender next year.
"He's a horse with plenty of potential.
"He will stay with Dessie as I have a few horses with him already and he's done a great job with him so far.
"There's nowhere else you would want to put a possible Champion Hurdle horse.
"I don't know if he will run again this season, that's still to be decided.
"There is the option of going to Punchestown for the four-year-old hurdle, but it will depend on the ground and how the horse is nearer the time - it's still a month away."
The change of ownership is likely to have major repercussions for jockey Bryan Cooper. Cooper, who registered three winners at the Cheltenham Festival, is likely to lose the ride on Our Conor to Danny Mullins, who acts as Connell’s retained jockey.