Sport Horse Racing

Tuesday 16 January 2018

Hughes expects improvement from our Conor

Trainer Dessie Hughes at Punchestown Racecourse
Trainer Dessie Hughes at Punchestown Racecourse

JA McGrath

Dessie Hughes is expecting an improved display from Our Conor in the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle after being encouraged by 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 will head back to the Dublin track on January 26, 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."

Irish Independent

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