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AINTREE | 2019 Grand National runner-up Magic Of Light retired aged 10

Connections of Jessica Harrington’s versatile mare have called it a day on her racing career



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2019 Grand National runner-up Magic Of Light has been retired by her connections at the age of 10.

Trained by Jessica Harrington, the versatile mare was consistently switched between hurdles and fences and landed some black type over both types of obstacles.

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Magic Of Light was Jessica Harrington’s first-ever runner in the Grand National back in 2019

The 10-year-old landed back-to-back wins in the Grade 2 bet365 Mares’ Hurdle at Ascot in 2019 and 2020, as well as winning all three runnings of the Listed Mares’ Chase at Newbury between 2018 to 2020.

But her finest hour came in the 2019 Grand National when she became the first mare since 1956 to finish second in the world’s most famous steeplechase.

She had taken the lead with two fences remaining, with Tiger Roll plugging on alongside her in the final stages.

watch: magic of light finishes second in the 2019 grand national [credit: racing tv]

She couldn’t fend off the Tiger’s date with destiny, but she fought on valiantly to finish two and three-quarter lengths behind in second at Aintree.

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What makes the result more impressive is that she had only ever run over three miles twice in her career before making the trip to Merseyside.

It was also Jessica Harrington’s first-ever attempt at the Grand National and she reflected on the mare’s career when speaking to the Racing Post.

“It was my first runner in the National when she ran a brilliant race behind Tiger Roll.

“Every year you could depend on her to do the same thing at Newbury and Ascot.”

Magic Of Light is now in foal and has been covered by Group 1 winner Crystal Ocean.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.