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Conor to cruise for Hughes at Leopardstown

It's a big week for a lot of trainers but it's a massive one for Dessie Hughes. He is responsible for one of the most exciting horses in training and getting him to Leopardstown for a battle with one of the best horses in training.

Unfortunately for Hughes, he has to wait all the way until the final day of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival before he can run Our Conor but if he's anxious ahead of that, he may well sleep a little easier on Thursday night if things go well for him on St Stephen's Day.

Hughes has a busy afternoon with seven runners at Leopardstown, two up at Down Royal and three down at Limerick and two in particular at Leopardstown make plenty of appeal.

In the Thorntons Recycling Maiden Hurdle, Hughes' Wrath Of Titans is given the nod to overturn the Willie Mullins-trained Daneking, who was second on his first start over hurdles last time.

Wrath Of Titans bumped into a couple too good at Navan when finishing third behind Moyle Park and Kick On Boss but he can be expected to come on for that first hurdling experience and it's the benefit of a run over hurdles already that sees him selected ahead of the Noel Meade-trained bumper winner Chancol.

In the concluding bumper, it may again prove very foolish to go against the formidable combination of Patrick and Willie Mullins but this looks a real good renewal of the four-year-old bumper which provided us with Moyle Park 12-months ago.

The race was still three and four days away when I got word for Dermot Weld's Windsor Park, Jessica Harrington's Ttebbob, and Gordon Elliott's Fort Smith, so make of that what you will, but it is All Hell Let Loose who reverts to a bumper having had a runner in a hurdle that gets the pick.

Elsewhere on the Leopardstown card Gentleman Duke could be another Leopardsown Christmas winner for Arthur Moore, while Allez Vic may still just be a step or two ahead of the handicapper in the handicap hurdle.