The Triumph Hurdle gets the action from Cheltenham underway this afternoon and the jockey of Our Conor, Bryan Cooper, is confident that the 11/4 favourite has all it takes to come out on top here.
Dessie Hughes is the man that trains Our Conor and he comes into this one in fine form after taking three races from three runs this season.
As we have seen so often at the Festival, good form can be key to coming out on top and this exciting four-year-old is full of confidence right now.
In truth, this year’s Festival could be somewhat of a stepping stone for Our Conor as he is likely to go on to bigger and better races than the Triumph Hurdle, but he has to show he can win these encounter before talking about following in the footsteps of a horse like Zarkandar.
Zarkandar won this race back in 2011 and has since gone on to run in the Champion Hurdle, so it shows you what a victory here can do.
At this stage though, Cooper knows they can’t afford to look too far ahead of themselves and he is in good spirits coming into this one.
He said: “He’s in very good order and we are all looking forward to it. He jumps so quick and he’s got a really good technique. He’s ticking all the right boxes and hopefully he can go there with every chance.”
If you are after a Cheltenham bet, then Our Conor does look to be a good shout here, but as ever, he is going to face some fierce compeition.
Dessie Hughes is going up against three of the best trains around though as Nicky Henderson, Paul Nicholls and Willie Mullins all have possible winners here.
Rolling Star runs from Henderson and is at 3/1, while Nicholls has 4/1 shot Far West, and Diakali can be backed at 14/1 for Mullins.
This makes for a fascinating race and if Our Conor can come out on top, he really will show just what massive potential he has over hurdles.