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  • Back In Focus Lands Topaz

Topaz Novice Chase (Grade 1) 3m

  • (4yo+, 3m, Class 1, 12 runners)
  • Winner €48,750 2nd €14,250 3rd €6,750 4th €2,250
  • Going: Soft
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 6m 30.10s
  • Off time: 14:26:23
  • Last Updated: December 28 2012, 15:33 GMT

Ruby Walsh got up in the final strides on Back In Focus to land a thrilling renewal of the Grade One Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown.

Back In Focus: Won the Topaz
Back In Focus: Won the Topaz

The Willie Mullins-trained horse was sent off the 6/4 favourite and he cruised into contention down the back straight, though it was soon apparent his stablemate Aupcharlie was travelling the better.

Andrew Lynch jumped to the front on Aupcharlie at the last before a slight stumble on landing gave Back In Focus a glimmer of hope.

He still had plenty to do but under a powerful Walsh drive the Graham Wylie-owned horse just got there to win by a head.

Texas Jack stayed on for third.

Sky Bet trimmed Back In Focus to 12/1 from 14s for the RSA Chase while they introduced the runner-up into the market at 14s.

Mullins said: "That's a fantastic win. We didn't think for one minute that Ruby would get back up until he did.

"He needs every inch of three miles and ground even softer that that. He's a real winter horse.

"As much as I'm delighted I'm sorry for Aupcharlie and Andrew Lynch. It was only his second run over fences and he's run a fantastic race.

"Back In Focus has the RSA written all over him. We'll look for a race over three miles for him.

"With Aupcharlie we could look for the Dr P.J Moriarty. We'll keep them apart. There is no point in them taking each other on again.

"Aupcharlie could be a horse for the Jewson. The way he jumped he could even come back to the minimum trip. They are two horses to look forward to."

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