Tristan Davidson eyeing big prize in Scottish Grand National with stable star The Dutchman
The 2021 Scottish Grand National is a little over 24 hours away and Cumbrian trainer Tristan Davidson will have his eyes firmly set on the ultimate prize at 3:35pm on Sunday afternoon as 33/1 shot The Dutchman takes his place in the line up for the feature race at Ayr.
While Tristan Davidson may not be one of the biggest names in the game, there can be little doubt that he is a shrewd trainer and he is certainly worthy of attention when his race entries have been declared. In the closing two weeks of March, the Cumbrian handler sent out five runners and returned home with no less than four winners, a strike rate which few can come close to matching.
Davidson has fifteen horses in training right now at his Cumbrian stable and this relatively small number allows him to give them one-to-one, something which has been producing some excellent results in recent weeks. From the trainer’s relatively small string, The Dutchman stands out and it is clear that a win for the 143-rated eleven-year-old could be a huge springboard for the Irthington-based handler.
Tristan Davidson and Harry Reed with Rubenesque at Cartmel in 2018
Having unseated his rider when going extremely well in the Eider Chase at Newcastle last time out against subsequent winner and Scottish Grand National rival Sam’s Adventure, this is a runner which nevertheless retains a huge amount of ability and jumps very well on the whole, therefore with the weather having been on his side and the ground not too dry at Ayr for the Scottish Grand National, there are high hopes both from connections and from his stable that The Dutchman can land a massive prize on Sunday afternoon.
Harry Reed will be the man in the saddle for the big race and he has maintained a solid strike rate well into double percentage figures in each of the past four seasons. 13 wins from 118 rides over hurdles this season comes in at 11% while his strike rate is even higher in chase with 6 wins from 46, this coming in at 13%.
Together, Harry Reed and The Dutchman could prove to be formidable opposition in what is set to be an extremely open contest and assuming that he keeps out of trouble along the way, we believe that this is a genuine contender to bring some silverware back to North Cumbria on Sunday afternoon.