Defi Du Seuil finished his juvenile season unbeaten, winning the Triumph Hurdle by five lengths before following up at Aintree.
He never looked himself in two runs last term, finishing well-beaten at Ascot in November and in the Irish Champion Hurdle at Leopardstown in February. However, his stable are in much better form now and the JP McManus-owned five-year-old is now set to go novice chasing.
Hobbs said: "He is ready to run as soon as we get a nice amount of rain.
"He will head to a novice chase somewhere, it is just a case of wherever has enough rain. His schooling has been very good so far."
Defi Du Seuil is a general 25-1 shot for the Arkle Trophy at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
Published 11:20 08/11/18