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Our Conor is a best-priced 5-1 for the 2014 Champion Hurdle

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Conor cut into Champion Hurdle favouritism

AFTER bullish comments from Dessie Hughes in Sunday's Racing Post, Our Conor has been cut for the 2014 Stan James Champion Hurdle, with the 15-length Triumph Hurdle winner now shading favouritism at 5-1, with Hurricane Fly a 11-2 shot.

Boylesports spokesman Leon Blanche said: "We went 6-1 Our Conor initially after he won the Triumph Hurdle in such superb fashion, but we have had to clip him in to 5-1 since then.

"The New One was mightily impressive in winning the Neptune Hurdle. but that was over a much longer trip, and from our perspective at the moment the two Irish horses would be a little ahead of him."

The New One comes next in the market and the question on most people's lips seems to be: can Hurricane Fly fend off the two youngsters?

The Racing Post's Monday Jury addresses that very question, with jockey Paul Carberry highlighting Our Conor as the biggest threat to Hurricane Fly's crown.

"Our Conor was very impressive in the Triumph and I think he will be the main danger to Hurricane Fly," he said.

"The New One is a very good horse and could go either way - the Champion Hurdle or longer distances - but Hurricane Fly proved he is still the best around and although he will be ten next year he'll be the one they all have to beat if he has another trouble-free season."

Trainer Gary Moore, also on the Jury, added: "Watching Our Conor I was so impressed; you'd have to think he's the new kid on the block. The only concern would be that he certainly seems to enjoy soft or heavy ground and you don't know how he'd handle faster conditions.

"Age has to catch up with Hurricane Fly at some point and I thought Our Conor looked the real deal."

Read all of Paul Carberry's and Gary Moore's answers to our Jury questions only in Monday's Racing Post, where they are joined by six-time champion owner David Johnson

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