45 contenders remain on course for £250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy,
A bumper 45 horses remain on course for the £250,000 G3 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on Saturday, December 2, day two of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival.
The three and a quarter mile handicap chase has been a very happy hunting ground for second-season chasers with 10 winners falling into that category since the turn of the millennium, most recently Native River in 2016.
Singlefarmpayment (Tom George, 10st 8lb, 8/1), enjoyed a fruitful first season over fences, scoring at Cheltenham in December and going down by a short-head to Un Temps Pour Tout when taking on seasoned opposition in the G3 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March.
George, who is based at Slad in Gloucestershire, said today: "Singlefarmpayment is on course for the Ladbrokes Trophy.
"He has come out of his first run of the season at Cheltenham in good form.
"We needed to get that run into him as he is an excitable. Giving him that outing at Cheltenham has helped to just take the edge off of him before we go to Newbury."
All of the main contenders go forward for the Ladbrokes Trophy including Total Recall (Willie Mullins, 10st 8lb), who is one of 12 remaining Irish-trained contenders and the 5/1 favourite with Ladbrokes.
American (Harry Fry, 11st 4lb, 7/1), who is unbeaten over fences also goes forward while Nicky Henderson, three times successful in the Ladbrokes Trophy, has three entries going forward, headed by Whisper (11st 4lb, 8/1), who made the perfect start to his season when successful at Kempton Park yesterday. Completing the Henderson trio are O O Seven (10st 13lb, 16/1) and Vyta Du Roc (10st 1lb, 20/1).
The weights are headed by Coneygree (Mark Bradstock, 11st 12lb, 16/1), the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero whose half-brother Carruthers landed what is now the Ladbrokes Trophy back in 2011.
Ladbrokes Trophy, Ladbrokes bet: 5/1 Total Recall; 7/1 American; 8/1 Whisper, Singlefarmpayment; 14/1 A Genie In Abottle, Acapella Bourgeois; 16/1 Coneygree, Mala Beach, Royal Vacation, O O Seven; 20/1 Yala Enki, Theatre Guide, Label des Obeaux, Ptit Zig, Missed Approach , Virgilio, Carole's Destrier, Present Man, Vyta du Roc; 25/1 Vieux Lion Rouge, Pleasant Company, Tiger Roll, Shantou Flyer, Vicente, Champers On Ice, Polidam, Southfield Royale; 33/1 Bigbadjohn, Sizing Codelco, Double Ross, Childrens List, Vic de Touzaine, Braqueur d'Or, Cogry, Potters Legend, Pilgrims Bay, Value At Risk; 40/1 Kilcarry Bridge, General Principle, Flintham, Antony; 50/1 Roi des Francs, Lord Scoundrel, Perfect Candidate, Regal Encore
The five-day confirmation stage is on Monday, November 27.
Mike Dillon, Director of Public Relations for Ladbrokes, said: "I am absolutely delighted with the horses still remaining in the race, which is now just under three weeks' away.
"We are very grateful for the support shown by owners and trainers ahead of the inaugural running of the Ladbrokes Trophy."
The inaugural Ladbrokes Winter Carnival featuring the Ladbrokes Trophy, formerly the Hennessy Gold Cup, takes place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 December 2017. The new sponsorship from Ladbrokes brings with it a larger prize pot for this year's contenders with the two days now worth a total of £700,000 in prize money. The Ladbrokes Trophy alone has prize money of £250,000, an increase of £50,000 on 2016.
Since the handicap chase was first run as the Hennessy Gold Cup in 1957, it has become one of the major highlights of the Jump season with so many memorable performances over the last 60 years from the likes of Mill House, Arkle, Denman, Many Clouds and last year's impressive winner, Native River.
The Ladbrokes Winter Carnival gets underway at Newbury on Friday, December 1, when the highlight is the £50,000 G2 Ladbrokes Long Distance Hurdle over three miles.
There is live coverage across both days of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival. The broadcast will be on ITV4 on Friday, December 1 and ITV on Saturday, December 2, when The Opening Show is also hosted from Newbury, while Racing UK shows all races from the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival.