Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 26 April 2018

minor Injuries rule our conor out of Morgiana

Press Association

OUR CONOR will miss the Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown on Sunday week after failing to fully recover from minor injuries suffered in his comeback run at Naas last month.

Last season's stunning Triumph Hurdle winner made a pleasing return to action when fourth in a Flat race at Naas, with connections immediately stating their intention to engage in a potentially mouth-watering clash with dual Champion Hurdle hero Hurricane Fly at Punchestown on November 17. However, plans are now fluid for the four-year-old.

Trainer Dessie Hughes said: "He won't make the Morgiana. In his race the last day he got in the wars and came out of it with cuts and bruises.

"I thought they'd heal quicker than they did, but it was two weeks before he was cantering again and he's only been cantering a week now.

"I wanted him 110pc and I'm not willing to take a chance with him. We'll just wait and find a conditions race somewhere before Christmas. He was never lame and I don't think it's anything major."

Owner Barry Connell says he would not be concerned if his charge does not run again between now and the Festival Hurdle at Leopardstown at the end of December.

Connell said: "He got a few knocks in Naas, but he is 100pc sound now. However, he has missed some work and isn't going to be ready for the Morgiana. He could go straight to the two-mile race in Leopardstown at Christmas. But he's already had a run so there is no rush to run him."

Irish Independent

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