2021 Ladbrokes Trophy Odds, Tips and Predictions

The first big race to be staged at Newbury during the new National Hunt season is the Ladbrokes Trophy. This historic Group Three handicap has been won by many legendary horses, and has often been used as a stepping stone towards the Cheltenham Gold Cup later in the season.

All of National Hunt racing's top trainers will target a victory in the Ladbrokes Trophy. Runners from Paul Nicholls', Nicky Henderson's and Colin Tizzard's stables will sit prominently in the betting for the 2021 renewal, and the race will be shown live on ITV Racing.

Ladbrokes Trophy Day Card

Race
Title
1Mares' Novices' Hurdle (Listed) 2m
2John Francombe Novices' Chase (Grade 2) 3m
3Sir Peter O'Sullevan Memorial Handicap Chase (Class 2) 2m6f
4Handicap Hurdle (Class 2) 2m4f
5Intermediate Hurdle (Listed) 2m
6Ladbrokes Trophy Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 3m2f
7Jim Joel Memorial Trophy (Class 2) 2m

2021 Ladbrokes Trophy Tips

When the final field has been confirmed, we'll publish our guide to the 2021 Ladbrokes Trophy, including odds, trends and two horses to back!

2020 Ladbrokes Trophy Result

Position
Name
SP
1stCloth Cap9/1
2ndAyr Right12/1
3rdThe Conditional14/1
4thThe Hollow Ginge50/1
5thBeware The Bear 33/1

Ladbrokes Trophy Trends

  • 10 of the last 10 winners had won at least twice over fences
  • 10 of the last 10 winners had won around a left-handed track
  • of the last 10 winners went off at 12/1 or shorter
  • of the last 10 winners had won over three miles or further
  • of the last 10 winners were rated between 146 and 156
  • of the last 10 winners were aged between 6 and 8
  • of the last 10 winners carried 10-08 or more
  • of the last 10 winners were making their second start of the season

Ladbrokes Trophy History

Originally called the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup, this handicap was first staged back in 1957. The race was originally staged at Cheltenham, before being moved to Newbury in 1960.

This race was known as "The Hennessy" for much of its existance. Ladbrokes took over sponsorship in 2017, and it's been called the Ladbrokes Trophy ever since.

Top stayer Mandarin won the first renewal of the Ladbrokes Trophy. He would then go on to reclaim the crown on the second occasion it was staged at Newbury in 1961.

Arkle, widely regarded as the greatest horse in the history of jumps racing, came won this handicap in 1964 and '65, carrying a crippling burden of 12-07 on both occasions. Arkle won go on to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in both of those seasons, before securing a hat-trick of Gold Cup wins in 1966.

After that, many future Cheltenham Gold Cup horses began their campaign with a run in "the Hennessy". Gold Cup winner Burrough Hill Lad came to Newbury just months after his Cheltenham triumph, and produced an Arkle-esque performance to triumph under 12 stone.

Popular chaser, One Man claimed the Ladbrokes Trophy in 1994. Although he failed in his bid to win the Gold Cup, Tony Dobbins' star would drop back in trip and win the Champion Chase four years later.

Another of the sport's most popular figures, Denman carried top-weight to victory at Newbury in 2007, and again in 2009. Paul Nicholls' charge went on to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham in 2008, and finished second to stablemate Kauto Star in '07 and '09.

Bob's Worth became Nicky Henderson's second winner of this lucrative handicap in 2012, before scoring in the Gold Cup that same season.

Native River handed Colin Tizzard a maiden victory at Newbury in 2016. Although he would finish third in the Gold Cup that season, Native River went two better at Cheltenham the following season, winning the 2018 Gold Cup.

Many Clouds struck in the 2014 Ladbrokes Trophy, and went on to secure a famous victory in the Grand National that season under Leighton Aspell.

Willie Mullins's long wait for a Ladbrokes Trophy win was ended in 2018, as Total Recall held off Whisper. There was another first in 2019, as Emma Lavelle's De Rasher Counter handed both his trainer, and young jockey Ben Jones' their maiden wins in this historic handicap.

In 2020, Jonjo O'Neill celebrated his first victory in the Ladbrokes Trophy, as Tom Scudemore guided bottom-weight Cloth Cap home in excellent fashion.

Ladbrokes Trophy Winners

Year
Winner
2020Cloth Cap
2019De Rasher Counter
2018Sizing Tennessee
2017Total Recall
2016Native River
2015Smad Place
2014Many Clouds
2013Triolo D'Alene
2012Bobs Worth
2011Carruthers
2010Diamond Harry
2009Denman
2008Madison du Berlais
2007Denman
2006State Of Play
2005Trabolgan
2004Celestial Gold
2003Strong Flow
2002Gingembre
2001What's Up Boys
2000King's Road