Back In Focus: unbeaten in two starts over fences this seasonPICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos)
Focus all on Mullins runner in Topaz Chase
DAY three of Leopardstown's Christmas festival takes place on Friday and while the Lexus Chase is the undoubted highlight there is also a feast of other action headed by Back In Focus the Grade 1 Topaz Novice Chase (2.25).
Trained by Willie Mullins, Back In Focus is two from two over fences and is favourite to make it three on the bounce under Ruby Walsh in the 3m Grade 1.
Mullins said: "He did the job well when winning over two miles six furlongs at Listowel and Punchestown and going three miles on testing ground should be ideal for him. He is a very good jumper and an out-and-out stayer."
Among Back In Focus's rivals are the classy Dedigout, Lyreen Legend, Aupcharlie and Mount Benbulben.
Racing also takes place at Wolverhampton, Lingfield and Catterick on Friday while the meetings at Limerick and Leicester have both passed morning inspections and also go ahead.
Catterick: Heavy, soft in places
Leicester: Chase course - soft, Hurdles course - heavy