The Midnight Club looks the answer

THE Grade 2 At The Races Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse this afternoon promises a fascinating contest, should the meeting survive an 8am inspection, with five of the nine runners gearing up for a possible tilt at the Aintree Grand National on April 9.

The five are Vic Venturi, Arbor Supreme, Bluesea Cracker, Oscar Time and The Midnight Club and, of course, if one of them wins then they will not incur a penalty, with the weights for the National having already been published.

Those of us who believe The Midnight Club has a real life in the Aintree spectacular off 10-13 will be looking for a big run from Willie Mullins’ charge and he is the selection.

Truth to tell the ten-year-old has essentially threatened to deliver more than he has, but this could be the season when he finally realises his undoubted potential.

The Midnight Club made a belated, but highly promising, start to the campaign in the Thyestes at Gowran Park last month, finishing three parts of a length second behind Siegemaster.

They meet on the same terms, but The Midnight Club blundered badly six out and, as well as that, is entitled to come on a bundle for the outing.

The nap vote goes to Gordon Elliott’s Ballymak in the Irish Stallion Farms’ EBF Beginners Chase.

He made up a huge amount of late ground when half a length second to Ad Idem at Navan and Ad Idem did the form no harm when runner-up behind the smart Roi Du Mee at Naas on Sunday.

The Charles O’Brien-trained Accidental Outlaw could be the answer to the Grade 2 Winning Fair Juvenile Hurdle.

He was none too clever two out when taking third behind Sailors Warn and Fearless Falcon in another Grade 2 at Leopardstown at Christmas.

Accidental Outlaw has two lengths to find with Fearless Falcon on that running, but will strip a fresher horse than an opponent who has had two hard races in the meantime.

Stephanie Kate, outclassed by Magen’s Star at Clonmel, faces nothing of that calibre in the ITBA Fillies Scheme Novice Hurdle.

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