One of the most important staying handicaps of the season, the Ladbrokes Trophy has thrown up some incredible winners in recent years. Gold Cup winners Bobs Worth and Native River have both landed the contest, while Many Clouds and Smad Place are two other hugely popular horses who have scooped the prize.
The 2020 renewal looks set to be just as competitive, with the likes of Ballyoptic and Vinndication set to carry huge weights. At 7/1 the field at this early stage, there’s so much quality to sift through.
Owen Goulding has taken a long look through the field, and he believes he’s found a diamond in the rough towards the bottom of the market.
Henderson’s Newbury Dominance
Newbury has been a very happy hunting ground for Nicky Henderson in recent seasons. In the past five years, the Master of Seven Barrows has sent 191 runners to the Berkshire venue. 51 of those have returned winners, for a very healthy strike-rate of 27% and a level stakes profit of £12.24.
Henderson is the man to follow at Newbury if you want winners. The Ladbrokes Trophy has been a very successful race for Henderson too, winning it on three occasions. That includes Bobs Worth in 2012 and Triolo D’Alene in 2014.
Beware! The Bear is our 25/1 ante-post tip
We haven’t seen him since January 2020, but BEWARE THE BEAR is a highly talented staying chaser. Henderson’s ten-year-old arrived fresh to this race twelve months ago, finishing a close fourth.
He raced off a mark of 158 twelve months ago and he’ll be racing off the same rating on Saturday. This race is simply made for him, with lots of pace making it a huge test of stamina. That’s the scenario he thrives in and you’ll likely see him off the bridle a fair way from home. With Henderson aiming him at the Grand National once again, it gives you an idea of the engine this horse possesses.
He’ll just keep on finding, however, and the fact he arrives fresh is more of a positive than a negative. He’s capable off this rating and he’s ground versatile, having won on a variety of grounds throughout his career.
There’s a huge amount to like about his chances at such a tempting price, as Henderson looks to notch up a fourth victory in the prestigious contest.