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Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins expects the testing ground to suit as Back In Focus steps up in grade in Sunday's Florida Pearl Novice Chase at Punchestown.

The seven-year-old, formerly in the care of Howard Johnson, spent 15 months off the track before returning with a satisfactory effort over hurdles and improving on that to win stylishly on his chasing bow at Listowel in September.

"Back In Focus seems at home on this very soft ground and he'll get that. I'm looking forward to it," said Mullins.

Dessie Hughes fields Lyreen Legend and Tofino Bay, who is one of two runners for owners Gigginstown House Stud.

They also have the Paul Nolan-trained Sweeney Tunes, who made a winning start over fences at Thurles just over three weeks ago after 18 months off the track.

Also a winner over hurdles, Nolan will be pleased if his horse makes the frame.

He said: "We were very pleased with his first run of the season but this looks a very competitive race - we'd be happy with a place.

"He jumped very well the last day and he's a nice horse but this looks like a very good race with a couple of nice horses in there."

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