Fantasy Ladbrokes Trophy: choose your Newbury favorite from the last 20 years | News about horse racing

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Newbury’s Ladbrokes Trophy, or Hennessy Gold Cup for those with longer memory, brings together some of the best enduring chasers in the industry each season. The famous handicap has provided some exciting moments and memorable winners.

But who would come out on top if they were all to meet? Of course, this can never be answered definitively and is incredibly subjective, but for a little fun we have gathered the last 20 winners for an almighty, yet hypothetical showdown.

Our experts say their opinion below, but who do you think would come out on top?


3.00 Newbury Saturday: 2021 Ladbrokes Trophy racecard and betting


Twice winner of the race, where his weight-bearing performance in 2009 went down in history as one of the best ever. Next unstoppable when he is at his best.

Coach: Paul Nicholls
Jockey (s): Ruby Walsh (2009) and Sam Thomas (2007)
Winning weight: 11. 12 lbs
Official brand (s): 174 (2009) and 161 (2007)
Fantasy race weight: 11. 12 lbs

Never flashy, but won the race in 2012 with a mark that was only 1 pound lower than Denman’s initial success and then followed up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Overlook him at your peril.

Coach: Nicky Henderson
Jockey: Barry Geraghty
Winning weight: 11. 6 lbs
Official brand: 160
Fantasy race weight: 10st 12lb

Appeared as a chaser going places when he defeated Burton Port and an aging Denman in 2010. Was not seen again until the following season and could, like several in the field, not regain his former form.

Coach: Nick Williams
Jockey: Daryl Jacob
Winning weight: 10
Official brand: 156
Fantasy race weight: 10. 8 lbs

Characteristic front-running gray would ensure a strong pace, and the 2015 winner emphatically separated his opposition from each other with a victory of 12 lengths, and proved both talented and brave.

Coach: Alan King
Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson
Winning weight: 11. 4 lbs
Official brand: 155
Fantasy race weight: 10. 7 lbs

The 2016 winner held back with Carole’s Destrier in an exciting finish before finishing third in the Gold Cup of the same season and going two better in 2018. Would be more than able to keep a strong gallop ahead.

Coach: Colin Tizzard
Jockey: Richard Johnson
Winning weight: 11. 1 lb
Official brand: 155
Fantasy race weight: 10. 7 lbs

Along with Denman is the only horse in the field that has won the top weight, but it is probably best to end the comparisons there. A game winner in 2005, but it was not a vintage year.

Coach: Nicky Henderson
Jockey: Mick Fitzgerald
Winning weight: 11. 12 lbs
Official brand: 151
Fantasy race weight: 10. 3 lbs

Perseverance was his strongest side as he completed a remarkable Hennessy-Grand National double in 2014-15 on his way to becoming one of the most beloved showjumpers in training.

Coach: Oliver Sherwood
Jockey: Leighton Aspell
Winning weight: 11. 6 lbs
Official brand: 151
Fantasy race weight: 10. 3 lbs

Had a fantastic 2008-09 season, which included wins over Denman and Exotic Dancer, with this win as the highlight. Was not quite a top player, but very dangerous in his day.

Coach: David Pipe
Jockey: Tom Scudamore
Winning weight: 11. 4 lbs
Official brand: 150
Fantasy race weight: 10st 2lb

A random winner in 2002 who finished half a length behind Be My Royal, who was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance. It was to prove to be Gingembre I’s last victory.

Coach: Lavinia Taylor
Jockey: Andrew Thornton
Winning weight: 10st 13lb
Official brand: 149
Fantasy race weight: 10. 1 lb

Progressive when Emma Lavelle won a fantastic weekend at Newbury in 2019, but his momentum has been controlled since. Could you still have more to offer, perhaps at Aintree?

Coach: Emma Lavelle
Jockey: Ben Jones (5)
Winning weight: 10. 10 lbs
Official brand: 149
Fantasy race weight: 10. 1 lb

Unfortunately, we will never know how good Sizing Tennessee could have been as he never got back on track after his brilliant ten-length victory over Elegant Escape in 2018, but he seemed to have plenty of potential.

Coach: Colin Tizzard
Jockey: Tom Scudamore
Winning weight: 11. 3 lbs
Official brand: 148
Fantasy race weight: 10

A 20-1 winner in 2013, and this would prove his Gold Cup, as he never really reached the heights afterwards, and would be among the outsiders of this star cluster.

Coach: Nicky Henderson
Jockey: Barry Geraghty
Winning weight: 11. 1 lb
Official brand: 147
Fantasy race weight: 10. (1 lb out of the handicap)

Looked like a chaser going places when he became the first Irish-trained winner in 37 years in 2017, but the wheels rather came off after that as they were tried at the highest level, with jumps his biggest weakness.

Coach: Willie Mullins
Jockey: Paul Townend
Winning weight: 10. 8 lbs
Official brand: 147
Fantasy race weight: 10. (1 lb out of the handicap)

Another, whose great moment in the sun came in this race in 2011, when he memorably fought wildly for the victory to beat one for a smaller farm and for owner Lord Oaksey, the founder of the Injured Jockeys Fund, who had won the race as an amateur jockey in 1958.

Coach: Mark Bradstock
Jockey: Mattie Batchelor
Winning weight: 10. 4 lbs
Official brand: 146
Fantasy race weight: 10. (2 lb out of the handicap)

Overtaken Behrajan in the final steps of 2001 and enjoyed a fine season thereafter, only finding Bindaree too good in the Grand National.

Coach: Philip Hobbs
Jockey: Paul Flynn
Winning weight: 10st 12lb
Official brand: 145
Fantasy race weight: 10. (3 lb out of handicap)

Will stay forever and the winner in 2006 would be very interesting if this fictional race was run on test site. Would continue to have a unique record in the Grand National, without ever managing to win it.

Coach: Evan Williams
Jockey: Paul Moloney
Winning weight: 11. 4 lbs
Official brand: 145
Fantasy race weight: 10. (3 lb out of handicap)

It was not a vintage race that Celestial Gold won in 2004, but he had also won the Paddy Power Gold Cup just two weeks earlier and won the bowl at Aintree. Did not return to the same form level after prolonged absence.

Coach: Martin Pipe
Jockey: Timmy Murphy
Winning weight: 10. 5 lbs
Official brand: 142
Fantasy race weight: 10. (6 lb out of the handicap)

His 14-length triumph in 2003 is the widest margin of victory of any horse in this field, and he followed up in the same season’s Feltham Novices’ Chase. Unfortunately, he missed the following year and did not return in the same form.

Coach: Paul Nicholls
Jockey: Ruby Walsh
Winning weight: 11
Official brand: 140
Fantasy race weight: 10. (8 lb out of the handicap)

Last year’s winner hit from the bottom of the weights and ran them ragged from the front with some amazing jumps. Easily won a Listed competition in Kelso next time, but could not emulate other Trevor Hemmings-owned star Many Clouds when he was sent off as the favorite for the Grand National.

Coach: Jonjo O’Neill
Jockey: Tom Scudamore
Winning weight: 10
Official brand: 136
Fantasy race weight: 10. (12 lb out of the handicap)


Forecast SPs: Denman a strong favorite

This is what a mock betting market might look like if these 19 stars came together:

5-2 Dane, 11-2 Native River, 6 Worth Bob’s, 8 Many clouds, 11 Smad place, 14 Total Recall, Celestial Gold, 16 Madison Du Berlais, Strong Flow, Fabric Hood, 20 What’s up boys, 25 Diamond Harry, Trabolgan, Gingembre I, State Of Play 33 The Rasher Counter, Carruthers, 40 Size Tennessee, Triolo D’Alene


Racing Posts verdict: ‘Native River wins in Denman slugfest’

Denman gave the subsequent Lexus winner What A Friend 22lb when he won in 2009, but the difference between them was against more than talent.

Giving similar weight to much tougher rivals, two of whom won the Gold Cup, will prove to be the toughest test of his career. Denman also does not want to enjoy things in advance. Smad Place, Native River, Carruthers and Cloth Cap are just some of the rivals who are likely to harass him from the start.

As such, the advice is to take him on at probably short odds – an approach that admittedly cost me money in the 2007 and 2009 races of Hennessy. Assuming the usual soft ground prevails, the vote goes to Native River, which receives 19 lbs from Denman, but at its highest was only half a stone or so inferior.

Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)

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Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)

Should these two heavyweights sling it up Newbury straight away, expect the weight difference to say on the long driveway. Those who gamble at greater odds should consider the immensely talented Diamond Harry – who toughened all over ‘The Tank’ in a true Hennessy – or even Dusty from miles off the scales. The latter’s effective grade of 148 is still 6 lb lower than what he will carry in the real thing on Saturday.
Keith Melrose, betting editor

That would be a monumental challenge too The one to overcome the undoubtedly toughest task of his career, but at his brilliant best he was a monumental horse and I would support him to get the best of Native River and Bob’s Worth.

The size of the Denman alone made it an easier task to carry that weight than it would be for ordinary mortals, and despite these additions, not many would be able to leave it to the 2008 Gold Cup winner, whose will to win would see him cross the line.

Many of these would be well out of the handicap thanks to Denman’s presence, but Sizing Tennessee would run from its true brand and weight in 10th place and could easily run into a place with big odds.
Sam Hendry, reporter

The SP forecast of 20-1 seems to be an underestimation of last season’s winner Fabric caps chance to land a fictitious Ladbrokes Trophy.

The Jonjo O’Neill-trained chaser seems by many to close an 18lb higher grade of 154 in his attempt to capture back-to-back races on Saturday.

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