Ladbrokes Trophy Betting 2020

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The two-day Ladbrokes Winter Carnival is staged at Newbury races at the end of November, or early December each year. There are several key races at the meeting, but it’s the Ladbrokes Trophy betting market that is the main contest.

To the older horse racing fans, this race will also be known as the Hennessy Gold Cup, with that sponsor being associated with the race from 1957 until 2017!

This year, the Ladbrokes Trophy 2020 will be run on Saturday 28th November.

Ladbrokes Trophy Runners

The Ladbrokes Trophy runners are often talked about in the build-up to the race, but the final Ladbrokes Trophy runners are not announced until a few days before the race.

Then, once the Ladbrokes Trophy runners are out the Ladbrokes Trophy betting market starts to take shape, but with 24 Ladbrokes Trophy runners in the race in 2019, then the race is often very well-contested.

In 2019 we saw the Emma Lavelle-trained De Rasher Counter win the Ladbrokes Trophy and there is every chance he’ll be back to defend his title. The last horse to win back-to-back Ladbrokes Trophy’s was the mighty Arkle in 1964 and 1965. Other well-known Ladbrokes Trophy winners in recent times have been past Cheltenham Gold Cup winners – Bobs Worth, Denman and Native River – plus the former Grand National winner – Many Clouds.

Despite the competitive nature of the race it’s not been a bad race for Ladbrokes Trophy favourites, with six of the last 18 Ladbrokes Trophy betting market leaders winning the race.

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Form: Topofthegame won the RSA Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and is fast establishing himself as a leading up-and-coming staying chaser. However, injury forced him to miss the 2019/20 season after flopping at Aintree in April 2019. He’s still only young though and if back to his best would be a big player. If running in the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy he’ll also be representing the powerful Paul Nicholls yard that have won this race three times before. Oh, did you also know trainer Paul Nicholls actually rode the winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy in 1986 and 1987?
Form: Topofthegame won the RSA Chase at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival and is fast establishing himself as a leading up-and-coming staying chaser. However, injury forced him to miss the 2019/20 season after flopping at Aintree in April 2019. He’s still only young though and if back to his best would be a big player. If running in the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy he’ll also be representing the powerful Paul Nicholls yard that have won this race three times before. Oh, did you also know trainer Paul Nicholls actually rode the winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy in 1986 and 1987?
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Form: We’ve another possible RSA Chase winner here as the Nicky Henderson-trained Champ won the 2020 renewal at the Cheltenham Festival. Many have doubted his jumping in the past as he’s been prone to the odd mistake, but he came with a great late run in the RSA Chase to win the race so the stamina test the Ladbrokes Trophy provides looks right up his street. He’s also got winning chase form at Newbury and comes from the Nicky Henderson team, who have won the Ladbrokes Trophy three times before.
Form: We’ve another possible RSA Chase winner here as the Nicky Henderson-trained Champ won the 2020 renewal at the Cheltenham Festival. Many have doubted his jumping in the past as he’s been prone to the odd mistake, but he came with a great late run in the RSA Chase to win the race so the stamina test the Ladbrokes Trophy provides looks right up his street. He’s also got winning chase form at Newbury and comes from the Nicky Henderson team, who have won the Ladbrokes Trophy three times before.
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Form: This improving staying chaser ran a blinder in the 2019 Ladbrokes Trophy to finish second – only 1 ½ lengths behind the winner – De Rasher Counter. Since that race he landed the Ultima Handicap Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and if heading for another tilt at this Newbury race looks sure to be popular in the betting.
Form: This improving staying chaser ran a blinder in the 2019 Ladbrokes Trophy to finish second – only 1 ½ lengths behind the winner – De Rasher Counter. Since that race he landed the Ultima Handicap Chase at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival and if heading for another tilt at this Newbury race looks sure to be popular in the betting.
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Form: The 2019 winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy, so punters are sure to latch onto him again if running in the 2020 race. The last horse to win back-to-back Ladbrokes Trophy’s was Arkle in 1964 and 1965, so history is against him and he’s likely to be shouldered with a lot more weight in 2020 - He won with 10st 10lbs in 2019, plus also had the 5lb conditional jockey, Ben Jones, taking off 5lbs. Proven track form is a big plus though and is still fairly lightly-raced over fences so should have more to come.
Form: The 2019 winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy, so punters are sure to latch onto him again if running in the 2020 race. The last horse to win back-to-back Ladbrokes Trophy’s was Arkle in 1964 and 1965, so history is against him and he’s likely to be shouldered with a lot more weight in 2020 - He won with 10st 10lbs in 2019, plus also had the 5lb conditional jockey, Ben Jones, taking off 5lbs. Proven track form is a big plus though and is still fairly lightly-raced over fences so should have more to come.

Some of the proposed main runners for the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy are as follows (but note, the final declarations are announced two days before the race).

Ladbrokes Trophy Odds

Horse racing punters can expect to see the Ladbrokes Trophy betting odds on display in the ante-post sections on most of the main bookmaker sites in the weeks leading up to the race.

Some Ladbrokes Trophy odds will also be on offer a few months earlier, but it’s really only when the final Ladbrokes Trophy runners are announced (2 days before) that the Ladbrokes Trophy betting starts to get more interesting.

In recent years, the average winning betting odds for the Ladbrokes Trophy winner have been 9/1 (based on the average over the last 18 runnings of the Ladbrokes Trophy).

Being a handicap race, the Ladbrokes Trophy is also a race that often has horses of all abilities running against each other – but things are meant to be evened out with the weight each horse carries and is allotted by the official handicapper.

In recent years we’ve seen top class staying graded horses – like Denman, Many Clouds and Bobs Worth carry big weights to victory – in 2007 and 2009, the horse dubbed ‘The Tank’ – Denman – managed to lump a massive 11st 12lbs to victory on each occasion.

Since 1985, only three horses have won the Ladbrokes Trophy carrying 11-12 – the other was Trabolgan in 2005.

Being a tough race for punters to unravel you can expect the odds for the Ladbrokes Trophy to always be competitive – the last two winners both returned 12/1 in the Ladbrokes Trophy betting market, but it’s worth pointing out we’ve still seen four winning in the last 12 runnings, while 10 of the last 11 Ladbrokes Trophy winners returned at odds of 12/1 or less.

Ladbrokes Trophy Tips

There are many Ladbrokes Trophy tips to take into the race each season – many from leading horse racing newspaper tipsters, plus online.

With the powerful Nicky Henderson yard having saddled the Ladbrokes Trophy winner twice in the last 8 years, then anything they run is always a key Ladbrokes Trophy tip to note.

Trainer Paul Nicholls has also won 3 of the last 18 Ladbrokes Trophy runnings, while another Ladbrokes Trophy tip to note is that 15 of the last 18 Ladbrokes Trophy winners returned 12/1 or shorter in the Ladbrokes Trophy betting market.

Ladbrokes Trophy Betting

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Ladbrokes Trophy Betting Trends

Before betting on the Ladbrokes Trophy it’s always worth looking at the key Ladbrokes Trophy betting trends. These Ladbrokes Trophy stats can help find the best profile of past Ladbrokes Trophy winners.

For example, a massive 16 of the last 18 Ladbrokes Trophy winners were aged 8 or younger – including the 2019 Ladbrokes Trophy winner – De Rasher Counter, who was a 7 year-old.

We’ve listed the recent Ladbrokes Trophy winners, plus the key Ladbrokes Trophy trends below.

Recent Ladbrokes Trophy Chase Winners

  • 2019 – De Rasher Counter (12/1)
  • 2018 – Sizing Tennessee (12/1)
  • 2017 – Total Recall (9/2 fav)
  • 2016 – Native River (7/2 fav)
  • 2015 – Smad Place (7/1)
  • 2014 – Many Clouds (8/1)
  • 2013 – Triolo D’Alene (20/1)
  • 2012 – Bobs Worth (4/1 fav)
  • 2011 – Carruthers (10/1)
  • 2010 – Diamond harry (6/1)
  • 2009 – Denman (11/4 fav)
  • 2008 – Madison Du Berlais (25/1)
  • 2007 – Denman (5/1)
  • 2006 – State Of Play (10/1)
  • 2005 – Trabolgan (13/2)
  • 2004 – Celestial Gold (9/4 fav)
  • 2003 – Strong Flow (5/1 jfav)
  • 2002 – Gingembre (16/1)

Key Ladbrokes Trophy Chase Betting Trends

  • 16/18 – Aged 8 or younger
  • 16/18 – Had won between 2-5 previous races over fences
  • 16/18 – Had won a chase race over at least 3m before
  • 15/18 – Returned 12/1 or shorter in the betting
  • 13/18 – Finished in the first 3 last time out
  • 13/18 – Carried 10-13 or more
  • 13/18 – Had run at Newbury before (9 had won over fences there)
  • 12/18 – Winning distance – 2 ½ lengths or more
  • 12/18 – Aged either 6 or 7 years-old
  • 12/18 – Had won a Grade 3 or better class chase race before
  • 12/18 – Rated between 140 and 151
  • 12/18 – Had a previous run that season
  • 10/18 – Won last time out
  • 10/18 – Won by an Irish-bred horse
  • 10/18 – Unplaced favourites
  • 8/18 – Ran at either Aintree (2) or Cheltenham (6) last time out
  • 6/18 – Winning favourites (1 joint)
  • 3/18 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
  • 2/18 – Trained by the Pipe stable
  • 2/18 – Trained by Nicky Henderson (2 of last 8)
  • 2/18 – Ridden by Barry Geraghty (2 of last 8)
  • The average winning SP in the last 18 years is 9/1
  • Since 1968 there has only been one winner aged in double-figures (1981 Diamond Edge, 10)
  • Since 1990 (29 runnings) there have been 14 winners (48%) aged 7 years-old

Ladbrokes Trophy Bookmakers

Being a competitive handicap it’s always worth hunting around between bookmakers to look for the best Ladbrokes Trophy betting odds and offers.

With leading UK bookmaker – Ladbrokes – sponsoring the race then they are always a good place to start when looking for Ladbrokes Trophy betting offers. These can include enhanced Ladbrokes Trophy betting odds, faller insurance offers or extra place terms.

Ladbrokes Trophy History

Other races to note at the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival are the Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle – a contest that is often a good guide for the Stayers’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival later that season. While another key race to note at the meeting is the Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase.

The main contest – the Ladbrokes Trophy – will also be known to slightly older racegoers as the Hennessy Gold Cup, with Hennessy Cognac backing the race from 1957 until 2016.

The first ever running (1957) of the Ladbrokes Trophy (Hennessy Gold Cup) was won by a horse called Mandarin, who also won the prize four years later in 1961.

Other horse racing greats to be crowned the winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy in the Newbury races history were Mill House, Arkle, Burrough Hill Lad, One Man, Denman, Native River, Bobs Worth and Many Clouds.

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