Newbury Racecourse in partnership with Ladbrokes have today announced that the Ladbrokes Trophy, the historic Grade 3 handicap chase run over 3m 2f at the end of November, won last year by De Rasher Counter will be run at a value of £200,000 on Saturday 28 November, representing 80% of the 2019 value. The Grade 2 Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle which takes place on Friday 27 November will be run at last year’s value of £50,000.

The two-day fixture will offer a total prize fund of £530,000 which averages at 76% of the 2019 value.

Keith Ottesen, Clerk of the Course commented: “This is a significant investment in prizemoney for our flagship Jumps meeting during a very uncertain time for the business and the industry, which we hope will be welcomed and supported by the horsemen. We would like to record our thanks to Ladbrokes for their ongoing support along with the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust.  We are hopeful of being able to welcome crowds back here again for the meeting and although to what level is unknown, the planning is well underway, and we are really looking forward to it.”

Emma Lavelle, winning trainer of both of the 2019 Ladbrokes Trophy and the 2019 Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle said: “This is another step in the right direction in terms of returning to near normal levels of prizemoney and its positive to see this announcement from Newbury and Ladbrokes. Both De Rasher Counter and Paisley Park are back in work and all being well, will head to Newbury to defend their titles in their respective races come the end of November.”

Nicky Henderson added: “Newbury and Ladbrokes have to be congratulated on the news of their prizemoney levels for their Festival weekend, as we need to keep moving in the right direction in these challenging times. Being able to nearly hold prize money to their pre-pandemic levels for the Ladbrokes Trophy and last year’s value for the Long Distance Hurdle is extremely welcoming news for everybody. These are challenging times for everybody, so this is not only welcome news but a good example of what can be achieved and is much needed and appreciated.”

Paul Nicholls added his support, commenting: “It’s good to see £200,000 on offer for The Ladbrokes Trophy under the current climate. It’s one of the most prestigious races of the Jumps calendar and all being well, I’ll be hoping to do a ‘Denman’ with TopoftheGame by taking him there first time out this season.”

Simon Clare, Ladbrokes Coral PR Director added: “This is the fourth year of our sponsorship of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival, and our partnership has gone from strength to strength each year. This year however we have had to deal with the very unique and unexpected challenge of Covid-19, but we have worked closely with Newbury to help them minimise the impact, and we are delighted with the programme that has been put together in these difficult times.”

Early closing entries apply for The Ladbrokes Trophy with the deadline scheduled for 12noon on Tuesday 27 October 2020.

Confirmed Running Order for the 2020 Ladbrokes Winter Carnival

Friday 27 November 2020

  Race Title Age Distance Race Value
Race 1 The Ladbrokes ‘National Hunt’ Maiden Hurdle Race (Class 3) 4+ 2m ½f £10,000
Race 2 The Ladbrokes Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase (Class 3) (0-140) (For the Fulke Walwyn Trophy) 4+ 2m ½f £15,000
Race 3 The Ladbrokes Novices’ Hurdle Race 4+ 2m 4 ½f £10,000
Race 4 The Ladbrokes Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 1) (Grade 2) (Registered a The Berkshire) 4+ 2m 4f £30,000
Race 5 The Ladbrokes Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2) (Open) 4+ 2m 4f £30,000
Race 6 The Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle Race (Class 1) (Grade 2) 4+ 3m ½f £50,000
Race 7 The Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2) (0-145) 4+ 3m £20,000
Total       £165,000

Saturday 28 November 2020

  Race Title Age Distance Race Value
Race 1 The Ladbrokes Mares’ Novices’ Hurdle Race (Class 1) (Listed Race) 4+ 2m ½f £20,000
Race 2 The Ladbrokes John Francome Novices’ Chase (Class 1) (Grade 2) (Registered as the Worcester) 4+ 2m 7 ½f £30,000
Race 3 The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Memorial Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2) (0-145) 4+ 2m 6 ½f £30,000
Race 4 The Ladbrokes Handicap Hurdle Race (Class 2) (0-150) 4+ 2m 4 ½f £25,000
Race 5 The Ladbrokes Intermediate Hurdle (Class 1) (A limited Handicap) (Registered as The Gerry Feilden Hurdle) (Listed Race) 4+ 2m ½f £30,000
Race 6 The Ladbrokes Trophy Steeple Chase (Class 1) (Grade 3) 4+ 3m 2f £200,000
Race 7 The Ladbrokes Handicap Steeple Chase (For the Jim Joel Trophy) (0-150) (Class 2) 4+ 2m ½f £30,000
Total       £365,000