Trainer Jessica Harrington has dismissed Magic Of Light’s last run over hurdles and is in confident mood ahead of her run at Ascot.
Jessica Harrington is confident that Magic Of Light will translate her improved form over fences when she tackles the OLBG.com Mares’ Hurdle at Ascot on Saturday afternoon (13:50).
Harrington’s charge made a successful UK raid last month when producing a career-best effort in easily landing a Listed Newbury race over fences.
That win was enough to ensure Magic Of Light now boasts a rating of 150 in that discipline. She reverts to hurdling for the Grade Two prize over just shy of three miles and is the 5/2 favourite with Betfred to win.
She was well beaten off a mark of just 113 on her most recent outing over the smaller obstacles at Gowran Park back in September 2017 but her trainer believes the mare will leave that form behind her now, given her current mood.
“She’s a different mare compared to when she last ran over hurdles – she’s come on a ton,” said the Moone-based trainer.
“She seems in very good form, we schooled her (over hurdles) during the week and she jumped great. She was very impressive in Newbury last time and I’ve been very happy with her since. We’re looking forward to running her.”
The Ascot race was won 12 months ago by the classy La Bague Au Roi and a field of six are set to lock horns this time.
Pat Collins’ outsider Shimmer’s Rock joins Magic Of Light on the boat over from Ireland while the home challenge is led by Culture De Sivola, an impressive Kempton winner last month for Nick Williams. Lizzie Kelly’s mount is 3/1 to supplement that score this afternoon.
If You Say Run, 3/1 to score at Ascot, finished ahead of Culture De Sivola when they were second and third in a Listed Kempton race in November and represents Paul Nicholls while the line-up is completed by Tom Lacey’s Jester Jet and Petticoat Tails for Warren Greatrex and Gavin Sheehan.
Odds subject to change.