Daughter Of Flemensfirth Gains Second Grade 2 Success

The Jessica Harrington-trained Magic Of Light (9m Flemensfirth - Quest Of Passion, by Saumarez) gained back-to-back black-type victories when taking Saturday’s Grade 2 Mares’ Hurdle at Ascot.

The Ann and Alan Potts Ltd owned mare, in fact, won last year’s running of the three mile contest and was last seen running out a wide margin winner of a Listed chase at Newbury. Robbie Power rode her to make all, pushing the bay along from two out and went clear approaching the final fence. She won by four and three quarter lengths on the line, with Sensulano (Milan) claiming runners-up honours.

Saturday marked an eighth career success for Magic Of Light, with four of them at black-type level, though perhaps her best performance came in defeat, when finishing second to the almighty Tiger Roll in last year’s Aintree Grand National. Harrington aims to go one better with her charge in this season’s showpiece, though the mare may run over hurdles at the Cheltenham Festival in the interim. On the mare’s performance, Harrington added, “I was delighted with her. It sounds a funny thing to say because she’s nine now, but she does seem to be improving and Robert Power keeps saying she feels stronger than she was last year.”

The daughter of Beeches Stud sire Flemensfirth was bred by Baronrath and Colbinstown Studs and is one of four black-type performers out of the dam.