Tony McCoy and Carlingford Lough swoop late to win Topaz Chase
Carlingford Lough seized the day in a blockbuster finish to the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown.
The John Kiely-trained seven-year-old forged clear of Morning Assembly along the run-in to provide Tony McCoy with another Grade One success.
Bright New Dawn and My Murphy had made most of the running, but Morning Assembly, the 11-8 favourite, travelled better than that duo and took the lead at the last fence under Ruby Walsh.
Pat Fahy's Grade One-winning novice looked set fair for another top-level success, but McCoy's mount had been spotted making encouraging progress three out.
Carlingford Lough (5-1) emerged from the chasing pack after the last and threw down a sustained effort which yielded a narrow verdict at the line.
Carlingford Lough could head straight to the Cheltenham Festival for the RSA Chase, for which he was cut in the betting to around the 12-1 mark.
Kiely, whose charge won by a length and a half, said: "The ground was ideal, not too soft.
"He's best fresh, so if he goes to Cheltenham I doubt he'll run before that."