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Our Conor gets break

Triumph Hurdle hero Our Conor will head off on his summer break after trainer Dessie Hughes opted to skip an intended run in yesterday's AES Champion Four Year Old Hurdle at Punchestown.

Favourite with some for next season's Champion Hurdle, Our Conor would have faced very testing conditions in the Grade One heat and Hughes was not keen to give his stable star a hard race. With his stunning Cheltenham display still fresh in the memory, Our Conor will have a well-deserved holiday.

"It was very deep there yesterday, it's rained again and it will rain some more," said Hughes. "There's no need to run him, he doesn't need to prove anything so he'll go out to grass now. I've no real plan for next year, I imagine he'll have a run on the Flat first.

"It's no coincidence that his best performance came at Cheltenham, which is the best ground he's raced on. His worst performance came at Listowel when he was well beaten by Inis Meain and that was the worst ground he'd raced on."

Irish Independent