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Our Conor pleases Hughes

Our Conor left Dessie Hughes more than satisfied following the after-racing Cheltenham gallops at Leopardstown.

Last year's runaway Triumph Hurdle hero has twice finished behind Hurricane Fly this season but got much closer in the Irish Champion Hurdle in January, being beaten just half a length.

The five-year-old worked over a mile and a quarter in company with Betfred Gold Cup-bound stablemate Lyreen Legend, with big-race jockey Danny Mullins in the saddle, and remains firmly on target for the Stan James Champion Hurdle on the opening day of the big meeting.

Hughes said: "I was delighted with that. He travelled well, Danny said he had plenty left.

"We didn't want to overdo it, it was just to see how well he was.

"We are bringing him over early (to Cheltenham) on Thursday, he doesn't have to do an awful lot between now and then.

"Every day he was over there last year he seemed to be getting fresher, he was really well in himself and he enjoyed it."

Hughes said of Lyreen Legend: "I was glad to see him Legend sparking. I was very happy with him as he doesn't really work that well at home."