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Our Conor - Cheltenham - 15.03.13

Our Conor jumps ahead of Far West on his way to an impressive victory

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Our Conor storms to stunning Triumph win

Report: Cheltenham Festival, Friday

JCB Triumph Hurdle (Grade 1) 2m1f, 4yo

OUR CONOR produced a top-class performance to demolish his rivals in the Triumph Hurdle on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Sent off a 4-1 shot, the Dessie Hughes-trained Our Conor was settled in second under Bryan Cooper and tracked long-time leader Diakali before charging clear.

He had 15 lengths to spare over Far West, who returned at the same price, while 33-1 outsider Sametegal, a Paul Nicholls-trained stablemate of the runner-up, was third.

Paddy Power quoted Our Conor at 5-1 (from 25) for next year's Champion Hurdle and Hughes, who saddled Hardy Eustace to win that race twice, was equally impressed.

"He was on the bit all the way and loving it," said the trainer. "He is very, very good."

BetVictor offer 6-1, a price Cooper may consider long.

"I was trying to sit for as long as I could," said the rider, who won Thursday's Jewson on Benefficient.

"He has got some ability, he has got such a good cruising speed and he has everything you need. I was happy the rain came and I couldn't ask for anymore. I couldn't be happier for the boss."

Modest on the Flat, Our Conor has excelled over hurdles and went into the Triumph unbeaten in three starts, which included a Grade 1 victory at Leopardstown in February.

He travelled over as one of Ireland's major hopes for the week and did not disappoint, never giving his supporters a single worry and emerging as real contender for future festival success.

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