Monksland to pass on Punchestown
MONKSLAND is unlikely to run again this season with trainer Noel Meade inclined to bypass an appearance at the Punchestown Festival.
The six-year-old won the Christmas Hurdle at Leopardstown over Christmas and connections decided then to save him for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham.
Unfortunately in the week leading up to the big meeting, Monksland met with a setback and Meade made the tough decision to rule him out of Cheltenham and it is now likely he is finished for the season with a trip to Punchestown long odds.
"No, I don't think we're going to try to get there (Punchestown) with him," said Meade.
"We had a word with the vet and decided it's probably best if we gave it a miss.
"We'll rough him off and aim to bring him back next season."