The Dutchman flies in for victory in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock Park; Colin Tizzard's eight-year-old lands won the Grade Two feature on Merseyside and Eider Chase looks the target next - although no decision on Grand National big made.
Byline: Chris Wright
The Dutchman (13-2) flew home to land the Peter Marsh Chase by 13 lengths atHaydockPark.
And he could get an entry in the Randox HealthGrand NationalatAintree Racecourseon April 14 following his fine success in the Grade Two feature on Merseyside.
But first a trip to Newcastle for the four-mile Eider Chase on February 24 looks to be his next target. Although connections could also look at returning to Haydock for the Grand National Trial the week before.
The Colin Tizzard-trained eight-year-old, under Harry Cobden, stayed on well to land the extended three-mile-one-furlong contest, having been given a positive rider near the head of affairs.
He set the early pace alongside Venetia Williams' 5-1 favourite Yala Enki.
With the well-fancied Rock The Kasbah and former Becher Chase hero Highland Lodge both pulling in the mid-part of the race it was proving a real slog in the testing conditions.
The Dutchman was always travelling well in front, though, and as Yala Enki dropped away, he went clear of his rivals.
Irish raider Fine Rightly tried to get close but he was soon struggling and The Dutchman went on to win by 13 lengths from Captain Redbeard (12-1), who had won the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock over Christmas; and another winner at the Merseyside track, Hainan (6-1), stayed on to be third ahead of Yala Enki.
The initial Grand National entries are out before the end of the month and connections will mull over whether The Dutchman will be among them.
Assistant trainer and son Joe Tizzard said: "It had been decided that he would have a wind op before he joined us in the summer.
"He ran well first time out for us behind Sam Spinner, but then stopped quickly next time at Chepstow.
"It's no secret our horses have not been running well and his run that day was the first sign of it.
"We were quietly confident and dad has been keen to get him back over fences.
"We had no worries about trip or ground after the Sam Spinner run.
"He'll go to the Eider now at Newcastle and we'll have to discuss an entry for the National.
"The Eider is a bit further again, but he wasn't stopping today."
The Dutchman and jockey Harry Cobden come back to the winner's enclosure at Haydock Park after winning the Peter Marsh Chase on Saturday, January 20 2018
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|Publication:||Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Jan 20, 2018|
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