The nine-year-old used the Grade One event as his starting point for the last campaign, during which he was unbeaten in five starts, winning a third successive Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown before regaining his Cheltenham crown. Mullins sees little point in changing tack with his star hurdler.
"I think we'll keep things simple with him and go down the same route as last year," he said. Mullins has yet to make plans for his Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Sir Des Champs, who signed off last season with a rousing victory at Punchestown. He said: "I'm not sure where Sir Des Champs will start back yet. I haven't spoken to his connections [Gigginstown House Stud] and we'll know more once does stronger work."
The National Hunt season is still finding its feet, but Mullins is pleased with the condition of his talented string. "I'm happy enough so far," said the champion trainer. "I thought when the weather broke last week that we'd be able to get on the grass, but it's drying up again now, so we might have to wait a little longer."
Trainer Mouse Morris has confirmed next month's Fortria Chase at Navan as the likely next port of call for Baily Green following his excellent run in defeat at Gowran Park on Saturday. A winner of seven successive races in 2012 and runner-up behind Simonsig in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival, Baily Green made his first appearance outside novice company in the PWC Champion Chase.
The seven-year-old performed admirably to fill the runner-up spot and he is now set for a trip to Navan on November 10. "He ran a cracker," Morris said. "It was a very good run for a second-season novice against those more experienced horses."
Robbie Hennessy is targeting next month's Clonmel Oil Chase with Rubi Light after his stable star's excellent comeback run in the same race at Gowran. "We'll probably go for the Clonmel Oil Chase next," he said, "and then hopefully on to the John Durkan, by which time hopefully we'll have proper winter soft ground."