Grand National 2021 Fact Files
Magic Of Light
Jessica Harrington has confirmed that 2019 Grand National runner-up Magic Of Light will once again be aimed at the world's greatest steeplechase at Aintree in April 2021.
The Ann and Alan Potts-owned nine-year-old was a 66-1 shot when running the Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll close in the last running of the world’s most valuable jumps race, eventually succumbing to a two-and-three-quarter-length defeat under Paddy Kennedy to the delight of punters and the despair of bookmakers.
Magic of Light won twice last season, including The Warfield Grade 2 Mares' Hurdle at Ascot, and had another crack at going one better at Aintree firmly in her headlights before Covid scuppered all plans as the Grand National meeting did not take place for the first time since World War Two.
As things stand, she is a 33/1 chance to give Harrington a first victory in the race and the Irish trainer revealed how pleased she has been with the 158-rated mare ahead of another busy campaign.
"She seems to be better than ever at the moment," said Harrington. "We'll probably go for her usual routine of the Lismullen Hurdle, then over to Newbury for the Listed mares' chase in December and on to Ascot again for the Grade 2 hurdle in January.
"Her aim will be the Grand National. Naturally, it was disappointing not to be able to go to Aintree with her last year but she's come back in great form."
Tiger Roll is 14/1 favourite to win the race for the third time with only six other runners ahead of Magic Of Light in the antepost betting market.
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