Conor makes it count

  • Last Updated: December 2 2012, 16:45 GMT

Our Conor preserved his unbeaten record over hurdles when securing Grade Three honours at Fairyhouse.

Dessie Hughes: Trains Our Conor

The Dessie Hughes-trained three-year-old backed up an easy success at Navan three weeks by denying Stocktons Wing in the Bar One Racing Juvenile 3-Y-O Hurdle

Bryan Cooper's mount was nudged into the lead four out, but found Brog Deas a willing foe until that rival faded two flights from home.

Stocktons Wing then came out of the pack under Mark Walsh, but was two and a half lengths away at the line.

Cooper said of the 8/11 favourite: "He has a good technique - I was very impressed with him. He's going in the right direction."

Hughes said: "He's a good leaper and has a good turn of foot. He ran on better ground on the Flat and that was no bother to him.

"He may go to Leopardstown at Christmas - there's no reason why he wouldn't. He's a natural."

When asked whether Our Conor could be a Triumph Hurdle horse, Hughes said: "I think you'd have to say he is."

Sky Bet cut Our Conor to 16/1 from 20s for the JCB Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Avondhu Lady (10/1) denied Our Girl Salley in a driving finish to the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Maiden.

In what was a virtual repeat of their clash at Clonmel at the beginning of last month, the David Fenton-trained winner just held the upper hand after the last, prevailing by half a length from the 15/8 favourite.

Fenton said: "She's improving all the time. I thought she had a reasonable chance at the weights.

"There wasn't much between her and Our Girl Salley on their last two runs and she was getting a little pull today.

"I was delighted with her coming into the race. She's tough and we'll stick to the mares races. Three miles is her trip."

Willie Mullins, successful in two of the day's three Grade Ones, completed a treble in the bumper as Outlander (4/1) stayed on strongly to score under the trainer's son, Patrick.

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