Meade ponders Monk plan
Monksland winning at Leopardstown
(Healy Racing Photos)
Second behind Zaidpour in the two-and-a-half-mile Hatton's Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse on his penultimate start, Monksland reversed placings with that rival on his first attempt at three miles in the Christmas Hurdle.
"He has come out of his race really well, there's not a bother on him," said the County Meath handler.
"I don't know if he'll run again before (Cheltenham) or not but the plan with him is to go back to Cheltenham for the World Hurdle.
"He could have a run somewhere - there are races at Gowran and Navan for him - but I'm not sure.
"We could just go straight to Cheltenham with him.
"We'll see how he is over the next week or two and then make a decision.
"If he does have a run again before Cheltenham, he'll only run the once.
"We're delighted with how he did it the other day and, in fairness to the horse, he always runs a good race."
Connections of Sir Des Champs retain hope he will be a major player in this season's Cheltenham Gold Cup following his staying-on fourth in the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown last week.