One-two for Mullins in Topaz
Back In Focus, middle, follows Aupcharlie over the last at Leopardstown
(Healy Racing Photos)
“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,” Willie Mullins said.
“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 PJ 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.”
< Back In Focus is unchanged at 14/1 with Paddy Power and Boylesports for the RSA Chase at Cheltenham. Satn James have cut him to 12/1 from 16s while they have Aupcharlie at 10/1 from 16/1 for the Jewson.
(Additional reporting by Gary Carson)
The two mile Christmas Rated Hurdle at Leopardstown must have put a smile on the handicapper’s face as five horse jumped the last in unison.