Our Conor registers an ultra-impressive win in the Triumph HurdlePICTURE: Getty Images
Barry Connell snaps up Triumph hero Our Conor
CHAMPION HURDLE favourite Our Conor has a new owner and jockey after being purchased by leading owner Barry Connell in the wake of his hugely impressive Cheltenham Festival victory.
Our Conor, under Bryan Cooper, stormed to a 15-length win in the Triumph Hurdle and ended festival week as 4-1 favourite with the sponsor for the 2014 Stan James Champion Hurdle from The New One at 5-1 and dual winner Hurricane Fly at 6-1.
News of his sale was broken by the Racing Post on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and Barry Connell told the Post: "I'm delighted. These type of horses come around once in a blue moon, it's very hard to get them."
Having this season bought top bumper performer Golantilla for €375,000, speculation about Our Conor's price tag was rife, but Connell added: "I'm not going to discuss the price. I was just delighted to have the opportunity to buy him because I was so impressed with what he did in the Triumph."
For the County Offaly-based Man About Town Syndicate that agreed the sale, spokesman Noel Hayes jnr said: "We've had a ball with this horse and we'd like to wish Barry every success."
Our Conor has been partnered exclusively over hurdles to date by emerging talent Cooper, but Danny Mullins is Connell's retained jockey and will ride him at Punchestown should the four-year-old appear there next month, which will be a ground-dependent call.
Softish ground would enable Punchestown racegoers to have the next glimpse of Our Conor at a festival also set to feature Sprinter Sacre, Hurricane Fly and Rock On Ruby among a host of stars.
Dessie Hughes will continue to train Our Conor, who is unbeaten in four starts over hurdles. The best price about him for next year's Champion Hurdle is 5-1.
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