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Our Conor has the beating of Stocktons Wing at the final flight

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

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, 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 added: "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."

Our Conor was subsequently cut by some bookmakers to around the 16-1 mark 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 Handicap Chase.

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 in the hands of Mark Enright.

The claiming jockey had a great afternoon as he completed a double in another thrilling finish, getting Shark Hanlon's Murchu (12-1) home by a nose from Give Us A Hand in a three-way call for the Caffrey's Bar And Restaurant Of Batterstown Handicap Chase.

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