News stories which have appeared on the website are available free of charge but stories which have appeared in the newspaper are only available when you join Members' Club. *NOTE: The archive runs from January 1, 2006 to present

Back In Focus, Listowel 20.09.2012

Back In Focus: unbeaten in two starts over fences this season

  PICTURE: Patrick McCann (  

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.

Heavy, soft in places
Leopardstown: Soft
Leicester: Chase course - soft, Hurdles course - heavy
Limerick: Heavy
Lingfield: Standard
Wolverhampton: Standard

News Archive