Huge blow for Meade as Monksland to miss Cheltenham
TRAINER Noel Meade has confirmed it is "almost certain" Monksland will miss next week's Ladbrokes World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival after suffering a setback.
An impressive winner on his first start over three miles at Leopardstown's Christmas meeting, the six-year-old was set to line up at Prestbury Park as a leading contender for the staying hurdle crown in the absence of four-times winner Big Buck's.
Meade said: "He had a setback (on Tuesday) and although we don't think it's anything too serious, looking at him I'd say it's almost certain he is not going to make Cheltenham.
"I don't know whether his season is over yet, we'll just have to see on that, but we're obviously gutted it looks like Cheltenham is out."