Henry de Bromhead says he is happy to rest Monalee until the Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup in March.
The nine-year-old was last seen in the Savills Chase on December 28, where he finished second to Delta Work.
Monalee has performed well during his last three outings to Cheltenham, finishing second in the 2017 Albert Bartlett and the 2018 RSA Chase before coming fourth in the Ryanair Chase in 2019.
De Bromhead has decided to skip the Irish Gold Cup on Sunday and believes his charge will justify his decision on March 13.
"We just decided we'd go straight to Cheltenham with him this year," said De Bromhead.
"There was a temptation to go to the Irish Gold Cup but we just felt we'd rather give him a bit of time and wait for Cheltenham."
The Knockeen-based trainer will also not run Minella Indo before March, with last year's Albert Bartlett winner heading straight to Prestbury Park.
Article Posted on Wednesday 22nd January 2020 @ 15.14
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