Magic Of Light looks primed for the upcoming Grand National event after finishing as the runner-up in this year’s race, following a repeat win in the Thoroughbred Breeders Association Mares’ Chase at Newbury on Wednesday.
The eight-year-old, trained by Jessica Harrington, returned to the fences with a bang, claiming a victory in the wake of her third-place finish in a Grade Two hurdle at Navan in November.
Leading from the start of the race, it appeared that she would have her work cut out for her, with Field Exhibition putting on a strong push. But the latter dropped at the last, leaving Magic Of Light to cross the line with a comfortable lead over Drinks Interval.
If everything goes well, she will definitely be running at the Grand National next April and, prior to Wednesday’s race, plans had been announced by her trainer.
“She’s in great form at home, we’ve managed to get a run over hurdles into her and it’s all part of the plan,” Harrington said, per Racing TV.
“Obviously we’re hoping to take her back to Aintree, how we get there I don’t know yet. We might go somewhere at Christmas, there’s Ascot in January, there’s a race at Huntingdon or she could go to Cheltenham.
“She ran a lot of times last year and really thrives for it. She’s versatile, we can go over hurdles or fences and there’s plenty of options for the mares, there’s a great program for them.”
This latest win has only served to solidify things for the eight-year-old’s entourage. And rider Robbie Power was full of praise after the victorious lap.
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“She was very lairy in front and wasn’t going as quick as I wanted to go,” he explained.
“Early on she backed off her fences, which is expected after being around Aintree. She might have given herself one or two frights around there as well. That was ideal, it was a nice school around.
“The further she went, the better she went and when the other horse came to me she started to race and I was confident the whole way up the straight she would win, it was never in doubt. She absolutely pinged the last and galloped all the way to the line.”
Odds have shortened on Magic Of Light’s chances of winning the Grand National next year and punters could take advantage of Grand National betting offers for 2020 if they’re keen on securing the top deals. The Harrington-trained star is now 16/1 with Bet365 but does remain at 25/1 with most of the other bookmakers. They’re probably going to shorten in the coming days so would-be bettors would do well to act fast.
Meanwhile, Tiger Roll is the favourite with Skybet and Ladbrokes, who are offering 5/1, but you could get 7/1 with Bet365. Walk In The Mill is 20/1 with William Hill while Skybet have 25/1 odds going on Alpha Des Obeaux and 14/1 on Burrows Saint, who’s at 25/1 with Bet365.
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