The Dutchman too big at 50-1 for Grand National

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Cheltenham Gold Cup winning trainer Colin Tizzard has just the one Grand National entry in The Dutchman and the eight-year-old looks overpriced at 50-1 for the great race on Saturday 14th April.

The Dutchman – 50-1 with William Hill and Unibet. 5.15pm Aintree Saturday 14th April.

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While he has yet to get on the score sheet for the world’s most famous steeplechase trainer Colin Tizzard is up there with the best when it comes to preparing a staying chaser for the big occasion, as was the case with recent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River who claimed the sport’s ultimate crown on his second start of the season.

The master of Venn Farm has just the one entry in this year’s Randox Health Grand National in The Dutchman who looks overpriced at 50-1 to provide Tizzard with the second leg of the biggest chasing double in national hunt racing. The son of King’s Theatre showed some promise in a couple of Irish point-to-points for Charlie Swan before joining trainer Sandy Thomson in Scotland at the back end of 2015.

With a win and a couple of seconds in his first three starts for Thomson the gelding was deemed ready to step up to Grade 1 company at Aintree but after making much of the running was pulled up with a broken blood vessel. Sent straight over fences the following season The Dutchman made a winning start in a Wetherby novice chase but failed to add to that victory despite several creditable efforts prior to joining Tizzard last November.

Shortly afterwards The Dutchman made his debut for his new connection in the Grade 3 Betfair Stayers’ Handicap Hurdle at Haydock and beat all bar the subsequently top class Sam Spinner. After a below-par effort over hurdle at Cheltenham the mount of Robbie Power had his first start over fences for Tizzard with Harry Cobden in the saddle in Haydock’s Peter Marsh Chase. Setting out to make most of the running in the heavy ground The Dutchman showed an abundance of stamina reserves to draw well clear of the opposition, coming home by a long-looking thirteen lengths.

Back at Haydock for his most recent start in the Betfred Grand National Trial the 9-2 chance failed to handle the atrocious conditions and was pulled up before jumping the eleventh fence. It may be wise to put a line through that run considering the state of the ground and if able to reproduce his victory prior to that would be a leading player in this year’s Grand National, and certainly not a 50-1 chance.

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