The Midnight Club
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Jockey- Ruby Walsh. Trainer – Willie Mullins. Other – Irish Horse, Number 11. Pink Silks
Bet on The Midnight Club with Ladbrokes 10/1
If you have drawn The Midnight Club in the sweepstake or have backed The Midnight Club then the good news is you have one of the leading fancies for the Grand National, and the long time favourite. Trained in Ireland by Willie Mullins he will have the services of jockey Ruby Walsh from the saddle. You have a good one here!
The pair teamed up to win the Grand National with Hedgehunter, in 2005, so they are no strangers to Aintree Glory. Ruby Walsh is stable jockey to English Champion trainer Paul Nicholls so his decision to partner The Midnight Club is significant, given Nicholls saddles What A Friend, amongst others, and Ruby Walsh had the choice of them all. Has he chosen the right horse in The Midnight Club ?
The reason why The Midnight Club is so strongly fancied is that he could be very well handicapped. That means he is carrying a weight which is less than maybe it should be given his ability. He comes here on the back of a good run at Cheltenham, fourth to Copper Bleu, and with a good handicap mark, plenty of stamina and such high profile connections it is easy to see why the bookmakers made him favourite. He could go off as favourite for the 2011 Grand National.
Ruby Walsh made his decision very quickly, indicating he fancies this one. A good tip in itself ? So you have an excellent trainer, Irish Champion Trainer Willie Mullins; Excellent Jockey, Irish Champion and big race jockey Ruby Walsh and a horse with good form and a good weight. You have a very strong chance of having the 2011 Grand National Winner.
Also The Midnight Club is the only horse with pink racing colours, so if Pink is your favourite colour then you should back The Midnight Club. Looking at the form though there is no doubt that this Irish runner has a very strong chance of being in the shake up and indeed winning the 2011 Grand National!
That run at Cheltenham suggests he will stay the trip and is a very sound jumper, which is what you need at Aintree. On the negative side of course this is the Grand National and anything can happen.