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Noel Meade's Monksland is set to go chasing this term after decent hurdling campaigns

Updated: Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 10:35 | Comments

Monksland's prep has gone well ahead of planned runs over the bigger obstacles
Monksland's prep has gone well ahead of planned runs over the bigger obstacles

Monksland, one of Ireland's leading novice hurdlers last season, is being prepared for his chasing debut by trainer Noel Meade.

Winner of a Grade Two at Naas, in which he had subsequent Grade One winner Dedigout back in third, he ran a cracker at the Cheltenham Festival.

The five-year-old Beneficial gelding finished third behind Simonsig in the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

"The plan is to go jumping fences with him," said Meade.

"He'll probably be out in about three weeks time, I would imagine.

"All is well at the moment, he has done everything we've wanted to do with him.

"He's run in a point-to-point and we schooled him before we let him off as well.

"We haven't actually schooled him since the back-end as we're wanting to do it on grass and, unbelievably, it was looking a bit quick on our schooling ground.

"But he's in good shape and about two or three weeks away from a run.

"He'll probably start off in a two-and-a-half-mile beginners' chase in either Navan or Punchestown, I'd have thought."

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