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Connell happy to let Our Conor hit Flat at Naas

OUR CONOR is likely to make his seasonal reappearance in a Flat race at Naas on Sunday week after connections decided against letting him line up in this weekend's Tote Super Trifecta Irish Cesarewitch at the Curragh.

The Dessie Hughes-trained four-year-old is unbeaten in four starts over hurdles, completing the four-timer with a breathtaking display in the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Last month, owner Barry Connell identified the Irish Cesarewitch as his intended return race, but the team have now had a change of heart.

Connell said: "He's fine, we've just decided we're going to wait a week and run in the Naas October Handicap the following Sunday.

"It just fits in better timing-wise with the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown in mind, which is four weeks after the race in Naas.

"The ground in the Curragh on Sunday will also probably be a bit lively for him as there is no rain forecast.



"Everything is 100 per cent with the horse. We've just decided to wait."

Despite Our Conor's absence, Connell is still set to be represented in the Irish Cesarewitch by the Gordon Elliott-trained Cullentry Royal.

The five-year-old is on a hat-trick following wins at Ballinrobe and Bellewstown.

"He's going to run. It looks as though he'll have nearly top-weight, so we're going to claim 7lb off him with Luke Dempsey riding," said Connell.

"He's won his last two and I hope he has a good chance, even though he has a lot of weight."