The Midnight Club was the then the Irish, 11 year old, trained by Willie Mullin’s who was one of the ante-post favourites for the 2011 Grand National. With incredibly consistent form under his belt, The Midnight Club was one of the dark horses (no pun intended) in the 2012 race.
He performs well under large weights and on heavy ground but had yet had a win over 3 miles so stamina was seen as an issue for him, unless of course, he was being trained to go the distance behind the scenes.
A good second place finish behind Siegemaster at Gowran Park in January 2011 has shown him to be a good, steady horse but it was the Fairyhouse trip in February that really caught everybody’s eye when he beat out National rivals Oscar Time, Arbor Supreme, Vic Venturi and Bluesea Cracker while carrying 11-03!
In the 2011 Grand National, he got around the Grand National Fences cleanly and without fuss coming in sixth place overall, which was undoubtedly a bit disappointing for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh who must have had higher hopes. Carrying 10-13 on the day he was primed for a better finishing position.
The 2012 Grand National saw him given 5lbs less at 10-08 and though he was in prime shape to take the title he could only manage 11th spot and was not given another entry in 2013.