Henry de Bromhead expects to find out more about Monalee’s spring targets after he runs in the Savills Leopardstown Chase on December 28.
A top novice last season, he won a Grade One over two miles and five furlongs before finishing second to Presenting Percy in the RSA Chase over three miles at Cheltenham.
The seven-year-old made his seasonal return at Down Royal in a Grade Two over an extended two-mile-three and finished third to Snow Falcon and Shattered Love.
“It took me to get from Down Royal to Dublin to get over it, but once I’d analysed it, he was giving 7lb to two very good horses, on that (quick) ground and over an inadequate trip first run back – by the time I got to Dublin I’d got my head around it,” De Bromhead told At The Races.
“We take one race at a time, Leopardstown at Christmas should tell us more in the Savills Chase.
“Noel (Fehily) was delighted with how he settled because he was very keen in the RSA last year, I thought he jumped really well coming in off the back of a fall, so there were plenty of positives.
“We’ll start with the Savills Chase and take it from there. If it’s Ryanair or Gold Cup – let’s hope he’s that level.”