Rain required for Monalee and Balko

De Bromhead pair may both run in Irish Gold Cup

  • Monday 28 January
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Henry de Bromhead has warned Monalee needs rain to take up his entry in the Unibet Irish Gold Cup on Sunday.

Monalee was second to Kemboy in the Savills Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, when De Bromhead felt the ground was too quick for his eight-year-old.

However, should conditions be deemed suitable, Monalee is in prime health to take part.

“Monalee is in good form, but would not run if we have the same ground that we had at Leopardstown at Christmas. I’m looking forward to running him,” said the trainer.

De Bromhead could saddle last season’s Ryanair winner Balko Des Flos in the same race – but he is another who requires rain.

The trainer said: “Balko Des Flos was really sore after Christmas, and he’d want to have an ease in it before we’d run him.”

De Bromhead has a genuine Arkle hope in Paloma Blue, who looks to have leading claims in the Irish equivalent – the Frank Ward Solicitors Arkle Novice Chase.

He said: “Paloma Blue is in good form after his win at Leopardstown, and the plan is to run him as well, while Petit Mouchoir (Irish Champion Hurdle) is also going there.”

Rain required for Monalee and Balko
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