Thomson has plans for Dutchman

Sandy Thomson is looking to the spring for The Dutchman following his untimely exit at Wetherby.

Sandy Thomson has high hopes for The Dutchman

The seven-year-old was in the process of running a big race when he fell at the fourth-last fence in the Grade Two Towton Novices' Chase over an extended three miles won by Baywing.

Thomson reports is charge to be none the worse and might even consider sending him to Haydock next weekend. However, the spring festivals at Aintree and Ayr are more likely propositions.

"He's fine. We had worked on his jumping and he was jumping much better. It was just one of those things," said the Berwickshire trainer.

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"He went for a gap on the inside and he may have got unbalanced as they had just started racing. It was a bit of a novicey fall.

"He was going equally as well as the winner. It was just frustrating that should happen. I think if he had stayed he would have given the winner a run for his money. The winner does stay and he does handle that ground.

"I will have a look at Haydock. There is a two-and-a-half-mile limited novice handicap, but I'll see how he is first. He wouldn't be going if it was too soft.

"The problem is there isn't a lot for him. We were never going to Cheltenham as he's better on a flat track.

"Aintree is obviously a possibility and then there's the Future Champion Novices' Chase at Ayr."

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