The Dutchman looked a future Grand National contender as his stamina saw off all challengers in an exhausting renewal of the Peter Marsh Handicap Chase at Haydock.
Thirteen lined-up for another stamina test in heavy ground.
The Dutchman, Yala Enki and Hainan took the field along on the first circuit, with Captain Redbeard just behind these.
Entering the home straight with just over a circuit to go, The Dutchman just edged Yala Enki.
With a circuit to go, The Dutchman and Yala Enki travelled well and moved two lengths clear of Hainain, with Captain Redbeard and Walk In The Mill next, while Highland Lodge and Rock The Kasbah had not enjoyed the conditions and were pulled up, soon followed by Carole’s Destrier.
Up front, Yala Enki headed The Dutchman, with Tintern Theatre moving ominously well and this trio turning for home with a two length lead.
Three out, The Dutchman went on again from Yala Enkii, while in behind, Captain Redbeard took third from the staying on Fine Rightly.
The Dutchman made an error two from home but did not lose momentum, taking the last four lengths clear of Captain Redbeard, as Yala Enki tired.
On the flat, Harry Cobden kept the Colin Tizzard trained eight year old going and he powered away from Captain Redbeard, who had nothing more to give in second and only just held off Hainan.
Yala Enki finished fourth, ahead of Fine Rightly, who looked potent in the straight but whose stamina ran out.
He was the last finisher as only five got home.