There was a sense of Shutthefrontdoor bursting onto the horse racing scene in 2011 when he won The Walters UK Ltd Standard Open National Hunt at Ffos Las, The Championship Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at Ascot, and The Betfair Mobile For Best Prices Bumper at Newbury. Only reaching third in the EBF National Hunt Maiden Hurdle at Folkestone saw Shutthefrontdoor’s first defeat, but he responded immediately after with wins in the 32Red Maiden Hurdle at Uttoxeter, The Higos Insurance Services Ltd Crewkerne National Hunt Novices’ Hurdle at Wincanton, and The Pertemps Handicap Hurdle at Carlisle.
Making his first entry into the Cheltenham Festival saw Shutthefrontdoor only reaching fourth in The Pertemps Final, winning the Betfred Bingo Novices’ Chase at Aintree seven months later, but seeing more disappointment at Cheltenham Racecourse through a second place finish in The Roy Blandford 65 Years At Cheltenham Novices’ Chase, a fourth place finish in The Ryman Stationery Novices’ Chase, and a sixth place finish in The Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Amateur Riders’ Novices’ Chase. It was at this point where Shutthefrontdoor stunned the horse racing world by winning the 2014 Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse, which was even more impressive after falling short in so many recent Cheltenham races.
Following up his Irish Grand National victory with a win in The Weatherbys Bank Graduation Chase at Carlisle, it looked like Shutthefrontdoor would become a prolific horse capable of winning almost every race that he’s entered into. This changed immediately after when he only made it to fifth in The Aintree Grand National, failing to win a further seven races including another attempt at The Aintree Grand National in the following year.