Monksland on hurdles mission
Noel Meade has confirmed Monksland will remain over smaller obstacles for the foreseeable future.
The six-year-old confirmed himself a major contender for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle when making a winning debut over three miles at Leopardstown last Christmas, his fifth win from just seven starts under Rules.
However, he was forced to miss a trip to the Cheltenham Festival and the rest of the campaign through injury.
Meade said: "Monksland is in great shape and did well over the summer. I'm delighted with him.
"I think we'll stick down the staying hurdle route with him and see how far he can go."
Monksland spearheads what Meade believes is a strong team for the upcoming campaign, with veteran staying chaser Pandorama joined by a host of younger horses.
Meade said: "All the horses are back in now and I always say I like this time of year as they are going so slowly, nothing really goes wrong. In another month we'll start to step things up.
"Pandorama is back and in good form. He pulled a ligament on his last run but he's fine now and I'm looking forward to seeing him run again.
"We've a few nice novices coming through as well, horses like Ned Buntline and Mullaghanoe River. We've a few to look forward to, hopefully."