In 2019 all eyes were on Tiger Roll to do the double in the Grand National. Having already won in 2018, the Gordon Elliott trained chaser was a firm favourite with the public as millions roared and cheered him on to the finish line.
What nobody foresaw was the spectacular performance that Magic Of Light would also pull out of the bag. The first-ever National entry for trainer Jessica Harrington, the then 8-year-old mare started the day on odds as long as 125/1 to win the race. Undoubtedly a long shot, you would have gotten better odds playing online slots! But, punters love an outsider and as the day rolled on, the odds shortened and Magic Of Light went off at a still substantial 66/1.
And those who backed her were duly rewarded when she went toe-to-toe with Tiger Roll, narrowly losing the race by under three lengths. With the race cancelled in 2020, she headed back to Aintree again in 2021 but a repeat performance was not to be. Instead Magic Of Light unseated her jockey, Robbie Power, at the fourth fence.
Three weeks later and Harrington sent her to Punchestown for the Mares Handicap Chase but when the mare pulled up, connections had to make a decision.
Magic of Light Retired
On Monday, June 28th, trainer Jessica Harrington announced that they had called time on Magic Of Light’s career.
A happy retirement to Magic Of Light🏇 She gave us some brilliant days & we wish her the best of luck in the next stage of her life🔥 https://t.co/D2ostGIIkn
— Jessica Harrington (@Jessica_Racing) June 28, 2021
With nine career wins under her belt, Magic of Light amassed earnings of over £437,000 for her late owner Alan Potts.
Harrington said “Every year you could depend on her to do the same thing at Newbury and Ascot.
“I used to say that she could nearly pack her own suitcase and head off to England!”
Plans For Magic Of Light
The good news is that while Magic of Light will now be retired she is already with foal.
Harrington said “She’s been a superstar mare for us and it’s great to hear that she’s in foal.
“She’s been covered by Crystal Ocean, who I think will be a good mating for her.”
Given the period of gestation for a mare is approximately 330 days (11 months) we could be seeing a baby Magic Of Light this time next year. Will the next generation be as successful? Will see another Grand National entry in a few years time?
Either way, the chasing superstar will be missed from the courses across Ireland and the UK. Given how good Jessica Harrington is as a trainer, we will no doubt see plenty of more entries from her in the 2022 Grand National.