Ladbrokes Trophy Betting

The Ladbrokes Trophy is a Grade 3 horse race with obstacles (known as a steeplechase) in Great Britain which is held annually and horses must be 4 years or older to qualify. The race was previously known as the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup and it was initially held at Chetlenham but then subsequently was moved to Newbury in 1960.
The initial run of 1957 will be forever known as the Hennessy gold Cup. The leading horse Mandarin, who won the Ladbrokes Trophy that year was owned by Peggy Hennessy who was a member of the family which founded the company by the same name and it was the race’s sponsoring company. The association with Hennessy was maintained over the years all the way up until 2016 and was British racing’s longest commercial sponsorship at the time. In 2017 it was announced that Ladbrokes was the new sponsor of the race. The winning horses in the last two trophy chases were Native River in 2018 and De Rasher Counter in 2019. The race takes place every year in either late November or early December with the next one being held Saturday, November 28, 2020. The Ladbrokes Trophy prize fund is £250,000

Most Successful Horse

There are actually 3 horses that share the most number of wins at The Ladbrokes Trophy. Mandarin was the first horse to get 2 wins (1957, 1961). The second horse was Arkle (1964, 1965) and the third was Denman (2007, 2009)
Of the three horses, Arkle is widely regarded as the number one out of the three, largely owing to the fact that at the time of his wins, he was widely considered to be the best national hunt horse of all time. Arkle was an Irish Thoroughbred racehorse bred by Mrs Mary Alison Baker of Malahow House near Naul County in Dublin. The name Arkle refers to the mountain of the same name located in Sutherland, Scotland and which bordered the Duchess of Westminster’s Sutherland estate. The Duchess of Westminster, Anne Grosvenor, owned the estate and Arkle was trained by Tom Dreaper in Kilsallaghan in County Meath, Ireland and was ridden by Pat Taaffe who is also from Ireland and dominated in National Hunt races throughout the 1960’s.

Leading Jockey

Willie Robinson is not widely known to younger readers but he is considered to be the Leading Jockey when it comes to the Ladbrokes Trophy. He won the race with Mandarin (1961) and then with Mill House (1963) and finally with Man of the West in 1968. Robinson was born in 1934 in Ireland and is now retired. He turned professional in 1956 and moved from Ireland to England and was the stable jockey for the legendary Fulke Walwyn. Robinson had a famous rivalry at the time with jockey Pat Taaffee who rode Arkle. Over the years Robinson worked with trainers John Corbett and Dan Moore. Upon retiring from the sport, Robinson became a breeder and a trainer.

Leading Trainer

The leading trainer at the Ladbrokes Trophy was the great Fulke Walwyn. He won the race a stunning 7 times and that record remains to this day. He won the race with 6 different horses: Mandarin (1957, 1961), Taxidermist (1968), Mill House (1963), Man of The West (1968), Charlie Potheen (1972) and and Diamond Edge(1981). Fulke Walwyn was also a jockey and his most notable victory was on Reynoldstown in 1936 at the Grand National. Walwyn was born in Wrexham and had a twin sister named Helen Johnson Houghton who later went on to become the first woman ever elected as a member of the Jockey Club. His brother Peter Walwyn was also a well regarded racehorse trainer.
The Ladbrokes Trophy was traditionally viewed as a trial race for another race called the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It is not unreasonable to say that the race has lost its lustre over the years with other races becoming more important but winners of the Ladbrokes are always held in high esteem. It is also a very competitive race for punters so be sure to check for tips here in the days leading up to the big day to get all the tips from long-odds outsider to first choice pick.

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