With the Cheltenham Festival done for another year, attentions turn to Aintree. The Grand National meeting is the last big Festival of the British jump’s season, with no less than eleven Grade 1 races to look forward too!
Those top-level contests take a back-seat, however, to the most famous steeplechase in the world, the Grand National. 40 runners will bid to etch their names in Aintree folklore on April 10th and for one horse, they’ll be searching for redemption.
We’ll have horse racing tips for the entire Grand National meeting, but this horse is aiming to go one better than she did back in 2019. Can she do so? Find out all the details below!
Redemption day at Aintree?
The horse in question is Jessie Harrington’s Magic Of Light, who went agonizingly close in 2019 to jump’s racing’s most famous race. Sent off a 66/1 chance, she was given a magnificent ride by Paddy Kennedy and only found Tiger Roll too strong, making a blunder at the last after early exertions/mistakes perhaps told.
She was unable to take her chance twelve months ago, so connections have waited twenty-four months for this moment. Her form this season has suggested she’s near her peak, winning as she pleased at Newbury back in December, posting her third-best RPR of 151 in the process.
Two subsequent runs have been a shade below her best, though racing over 2m 4f at Cheltenham last time won’t have suited her. Ultimately, the Grand National has always been priority number one and she arrives off five pounds higher than her 2019 defeat.
She’ll carry 10st 13lbs, which is right in the sweet spot in terms of weights, and she’ll relish the spring ground. There are no doubts in terms of stamina for this veteran mare and her jumping will once again be her main asset.
Currently a 20/1 chance for the Grand National, that price looks more than fair. Unlike the majority of her main rivals, she has proven experience over course and distance. Given that, and her excellent jumping, it’s difficult to pick holes in her chances. If she can run near the level of her 2019 defeat, she’s entitled to be heavily involved.
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