Zero Ten is unlikely to return to competitive action until November following his winning debut over fences at the Galway Festival.
Having won a bumper and three of his four starts over hurdles – including a lucrative success at the Punchestown Festival in May – the six-year-old ex-pointer was unsurprisingly prohibitive odds to make a winning start over the larger obstacles at Ballybrit.
However, while he ultimately rewarded odds-on backers with victory, his jumping failed to convince – and Mullins subsequently revealed his stable star “wasn’t quite right” in the days following the race.
Almost a month on, the trainer is pleased to report his charge is now back on the gallops, but he will not rush him back to the racecourse.
Mullins said: “He’s back in slow exercise and back on the road again. We’ll take our time with him – and we’re in no great rush.
“He’s an exciting horse for novice chases. We’re nearly in September now, and I’d say it will probably be November before he runs again.
“Hopefully he’ll be running in some nice races.”
Zero Ten was one of three winners at this year’s Galway Festival for the fledgling trainer, with Russian Diamond opening his account on the first evening and Rocket Lad claiming his second bumper success on the final day of the showpiece meeting.
Mullins said of Russian Diamond: “He’s on a break now, but he’s a very exciting horse for the future.
“He’s still a raw horse, but he won well in Galway, and the form is working out pretty well – which is nice to see.
“He’s got chaser written all over him. He’ll stick to hurdles this season when he comes back, but hopefully he’ll be an exciting horse over fences next season and beyond.”
Mullins has more immediate plans for Sneaky Getaway, who barely came off the bridle when securing his second career victory on the Flat at Tramore earlier this month.
He added: “He is improving all the time and won well in Tramore, although I think he was probably a little bit flattered by staying wide on that better ground.
“We haven’t nailed down where we’re going to go just yet, but there’s some nice pots he can go for before the end of the season.
“He has a fairly lofty rating now, but hopefully he can be competitive in those big staying handicaps on the Flat.”