Topofthegame to Carry Top Weight in 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy

The weights are unveiled today for the £200,000 Grade 3 Ladbrokes Trophy, the highly prestigious three and a quarter mile handicap chase which takes place at Newbury Racecourse on Saturday 28 November, day two of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival.

Topofthegame (Paul Nicholls), the 5/1 market leader with Ladbrokes has been allotted the top weight of 11st 12lb following his successful novice chase campaign in the 2018/19 season and remains on target for the Newbury showpiece with a gallop at Newbury Racecourse scheduled for Tuesday 17 November.

The progressive chaser will be aiming to treat viewers to another special performance when trying to win the Ladbrokes Trophy, and like Denman, part-owned by Paul Barber, he will be coming back from an injury which kept him off the track in the 2019/20 season. His trainer will be looking to win the race for a fourth time, making him only the second trainer (behind Fulke Walwyn) to complete the feat.

Nicholls other entries include Secret Investor (11st 6lb), Yala Enki (11st 3lb) and Truckers Lodge (11st 2lb) and Danny Whizzbang (10st 11lbs) who runs this weekend.

Following a second at Wetherby on Saturday in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase, Vinndication remains on target for the Ladbrokes Trophy, having been allocated a weight of 11st 8lb and would provide trainer, Kim Bailey with a first time win in the race.

Bailey said: “We were pleased with his run last Saturday behind Cyrname and its good to see he has not gone up too much in the weights. All being well, he will remain on target for the Ladbrokes Trophy at the end of November.”

Scottish based trainer, Harriet Graham could be looking at having not only her first runner in the race, but also her very first runner at the Berkshire track. Yet to send a horse down to Newbury, Aye Right could become her first representative at the course and has been allocated a weight of 10st 11lb following a good run in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase on Saturday, finishing third. 

Graham commented: “The target has always been the Ladbrokes Trophy and it remains the premier target, but the reality is everything keeps changing. He (Aye Right) doesn’t and we don’t mind travelling, but it will depend on the restrictions in place as the owners are desperate to watch him. Unfortunately, it may just be easier for us to run him closer to home, but Newbury at the end of November remains the number one target.”

Ladbrokes spokesman Jon Lees said: “Topofthegame is going to have to do a Denman, the last horse to win the race off top weight, if he is to land the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy. Given Paul Nicholls managed to pull off that feat twice with ‘The Tank’, Topofthegame couldn’t be in safer hands. That’s why the horse is 5/1 favourite.”


**Ladbrokes Trophy betting**

5/1 Topofthegame, 8/1 Copperhead, 12/1 Aye Right, Imperial Aura, 14/1 The Conditional, Vinndication, 16/1 Black Op, Danny Whizzbang, Kildsart, Sam Brown, 20/1 De Rasher Counter, Hold The Note, Regal Encore, Secret Investor, Siruh Du Lac, Two For Gold, 25/1 bar


The full list of entries and their weights can be found below.

Horse Weight Trainer Owner
Topofthegame 11st 12lb Paul Nicholls Mr Chris Giles & Mr & Mrs PK Barber
Ballyoptic 11st 9lb Nigel Twiston-Davies Mills & Mason Partnership
Vinndication 11st 8lb Kim Bailey Moremoneythan
Secret Investor 11st 6lb Paul Nicholls Hills of Ledbury Ltd
Beware The Bear 11st 5lb Nicky Henderson Mr G.B. Barlow
Imperial Aura 11st 4lb Kim Bailey Imperial Racing Partnership 2016
Yala Enki 11st 3lb Paul Nicholls Hills of Ledbury Ltd
Truckers Lodge 11st 2lb Paul Nicholls Gordon & Su Hall
De Rasher Counter 11st 2lb Emma Lavelle Makin’ Bacon Partnership
Kildisart 11st 2lb Ben Pauling Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede
OK Corral 11st 0lb Nicky Henderson Mr John P. McManus
Sam Brown 10st 13lb Anthony Honeyball Mr T.C. Frost
Slate House 10st 13lb Colin Tizzard Eric Jones, Geoff Nichols, John Romans
Copperhead 10st 13lb Colin Tizzard Mrs G.C. Prichard
Regal Encore 10st 12lb Anthony Honeyball Mr John P. McManus
Aye Right 10st 11lb Harriet Graham Geoff and Elspeth Adam
Mister Malarky 10st 11lb Colin Tizzard Wendy & Malcolm Hezel
Black Op 10st 11lb Tom George Mr R.S. Brookhouse
Siruh du Lac 10st 11lb David Pipe John White & Anne Underhill
Wholestone 10st 10lb Nigel Twiston-Davies Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede
Two For Gold 10st 9lb Kim Bailey May We Never Be Found Out Partnership 2
Spiritofthegames 10st 9lb Dan Skelton Mr N.W. Lake
The Conditional 10st 8lb David Bridgwater Mr P.J. Cave
La Bague Au Roi 10st 6lb Warren Greatrex Mrs Julien Tuner & Mr Andrew Merriam
Blaklion 10st 6lb Dan Skelton Darren & Annaley Yates
Hold The Note 10st 6lb Mick Channon Mr T.P. Radford
Danny Whizzbang 10st 6lb Paul Nicholls Mrs Angela Tincknell
The Hollow Ginge 10st 5lb Nigel Twiston-Davies The Ginge Army
The Mighty Don 10st 3lb Nick Gifford Golden Rose Partnership
Potterman 10st 3lb Alan King James & Jean Potter Ltd
Benatar 10st 3lb Gary Moore Mr Ashley Head
Flying Angel 10st 1lb Nigel Twiston-Davies Mr R.J. Rexton
Champagne Court 10st 1lb Jeremy Scott Mr IF Gosden and Mr DJ Coles
Coo Star Sivola 10st 0lb Nick Williams Babbit Racing
Kapcorse 9st 13lb Paul Nicholls Mr John P. McManus
Ardlethen 9st 13lb Dan Skelton Mike and Eileen Newbould
Cloth Cap 9st 11lb Jonjo O’Neill Mr Trevor Hemmings
Django Django 9st 10lb Jonjo O’Neill Martin Broughton & Friends 5
Lamanver Pippin 9st 7lb Colin Tizzard Dr Donna Christensen