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2013 National Hunt Chase hero Back In Focus ruled out of Cheltenham Festival

2013 National Hunt Chase winner Back In Focus has been ruled out for the season.

It has been confirmed that the 2014 Grand National contender has picked up an injury and trainer Willie Mullins will not run the horse again this season.

Back in Focus powered up the hill to collar Tofino Bay at the finish line after a gruelling four trip in the race on Day Two of the 2013 Cheltenham Festival

The Irish raider was a proven stayer and he needed to be at his very best to catch long time leader Tofino Bay in a thrilling finish up the famous Cheltenham hill.  Nina Carberry must have thought she'd won but her mount was collared in the last 50 yards by Patrick Mullins, riding his first ever jumps winner at the Festival. 


Back In Focus on his way to Cheltenham glory. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The winner was cheered home vociferously by the crowd at Prestbury Park, most of whom had been part of the early morning gamble. The favourite obliged and it was yet another win for the punters.

The National Hunt Chase for amateurs is the oldest race at the Festival - after 140 runnings it is historically the race around which the Festival was originally built.

The longest race at the Festival is also probably the most difficult to predict. Not only is the trip an unknown for many of the competitors, but all horses are novices and have to be ridden by amateurs. Not surprisingly, there has been only one winning favourite in recent times.

Back In Focus wins the Topaz Novice Chase




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