Willie Mullins plans to "keep things simple" with Hurricane Fly, with the dual Champion Hurdle hero likely to make his seasonal return in next month's Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown.

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.

He said: "I think we'll keep things simple with him and go down the same route as last year."

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 he starts doing stronger work."

With the National Hunt season finding its feet, Mullins is pleased with the condition of his talented string, but would like to see some more rain to allow him to step the training up a gear in the coming weeks.

"I'm happy enough so far. The horses are making good progress I think," 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."