'50-50' call for Monalee's Cheltenham target

De Bromhead delighted with big Festival hope

  • Monday 18 February
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Henry de Bromhead has yet to decide whether Monalee will head for the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup or the Ryanair Chase following his win at Gowran Park.

Runner-up to Gold Cup favourite Presenting Percy in the RSA Chase in 2018, the eight-year-old booked his trip to the Cotswolds next month when making all in Saturday’s Grade Two Red Mills Chase over two and a half miles.

Monalee has yet to win at further than two miles five furlongs over fences under rules, but has three-miles successes on his CV in a point-to-point and Grade Three novice hurdle.

De Bromhead admits it remains an even call between the Gold Cup’s three miles two and a half furlongs and just two miles five in the Ryanair.

“I don’t know yet – and I’d say it’s 50-50 at the moment,” said the County Waterford trainer.

“He’s good, not a bother on him, and he’s in great form.

“I thought he was good, and I was delighted with him.”

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