Horse – Myfanwy’s Magic
Trainer – Martin Keighley
Jockey – Harry Atkins
Date – 22/11/23
Result – 6/16
Denis O’Connell Memorial ‘NATIONAL HUNT Novices’ Hurdle (GBB RACE)
(Class 4) (2m) Soft
Well what can we say?!…our patience was rewarded today with Magic showing us what he is capable of and what lurks under the bonnet. Sent off at 150/1 he was beaten by a short half length after going head to head with the winner from 2 out. Given that Magic is a 3 mile chaser on paper we weren’t expecting the turn of foot he delivered over this disctance and obstacles, but it shows how much he has learned from his last run at Ludlow when he put in his best work at the 2 mile mark. It was great to see him improve again and build on the experience.
Magic looked a picture in the paddock, he has grown up so much and was calm, professional and knows what he’s about. Of the fifteen runners, several had high expectations and purchase prices, however as they went to post the well-fancied favourite was withdrawn. The field set off at a decent pace, with Harry settling an enthusiastic Magic into mid-division on the outside. The pace quickened considerably after the half way stage and the strong gallop seemed to suit our boy. As the field split into three groups, Magic showed a long easy stride and some fluid jumping, ensuring he stayed with the leading pack throughout. Going into the final bend the pace quickened again and the winner slipped into a 4 length lead. Magic emerged wide running into second place and set off in pursuit of the leader. As Harry said in hindsight if we had known that Magic had his own plan he’d have let him go sooner and probably would have won the race. Magic quickly reduced the gap and went over the last upsides to fight it out on the run in, with the highly regarded Julie Wadham trained El Saviour hanging on to win.
We were all so proud of Magic, he definitely enjoyed himself and came out of the race well. Hopefully his next run will be before the end of the year, who knows what Magic trick he will pull out of the hat next time? See video below for Harry’s post-race chat.