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.
|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|