The Ladbrokes Trophy is one of the most difficult races to win in jumps racing.
But what can we learn from those who’ve conquered their opponents and the 3m 2½f course at Newbury?
We take a look at the last five winners and some of the key trends over the past 20 years…
2016, Native River
Colin Tizzard’s mount chased the leaders throughout before eventually taking the initiative two from home. He went off as the 7/2 favourite and had previously finished second on his seasonal reappearance prior to the race.
The Irish-bred raider had also failed to win at Cheltenham in three attempts prior to this contest and had won twice over 3m, including landing a Grade 1.
2015, Smad Place
A 7/1 winner who chased up until the tenth when he took the lead. The French-bred raider stayed on strongly under Wayne Henderson to land a first success for trainer Alan King.
The eight-year-old won at Kempton on his only run before the Trophy in what was his first success in over a year. Another who had failed to win at Cheltenham, but did have prior experience around Newbury. The 2015 success was only his second over a 3m distance.
2014, Many Clouds
Many Clouds went off at 8/1 under the guidance of Leighton Aspell before taking the lead one out. He eventually secured victory by 3l from Houblon Des Obeaux to become the eighth seven-year-old winner since 2000.
He provided a first win for owner Oliver Sherwood in 24 years. Unusual in that he was only one of two winners since 2002 not to have landed a chase contest over at least 3m before.
2013, Triolo D’Alene
The second French-bred winner in the past five years and at a significant price too – 20/1. He was also Barry Gerraghty’s second successive winner in the contest and only the fifth six-year-old to triumph since 1980.
Failed to win on his season reappearance prior to the race but did land the Grand National just seven months earlier. Triolo D’Alene was Nicky Henderson’s third winner of the renewal, making him one of the most successful trainers of the modern era.
2012, Bobs Worth
Bobs Worth went off as the 4/1 favourite and duly delivered for Henderson after taking the lead approaching the last. He was a four-time Cheltenham winner prior to the race and had been consistently successful above and beyond 3m.
As well as winning four black-type events over hurdles, he also landed a Grade 1 and Grade 2 Chase before blitzing the field at Newbury.
Last 20 Ladbrokes Trophy winners:
18/20 aged 8 or younger
18/20 had won a chase race over 3m
16/20 had run at Newbury before
16/20 were SP 10/1 or shorter
12/20 run by an Irish-bred horse
7/20 had won at Cheltenham before
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