Ladbrokes Trophy odds, tips, free bets offers: Bailey chaser to step up

Ladbrokes Trophy odds, tips, free bets offers: Bailey chaser to step up
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Check out our tipster’s Ladbrokes Trophy tips and big-race analysis for Newbury’s fiercely competitive handicap chase on Saturday, plus a a brilliant betting offer to back his choices

The highlight of the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury, the Ladbrokes Trophy, is the UK’s most prestigious handicap for staying chasers aside from the Grand National.

Synonymous in recent memory with the great Denman, a dual winner, it can be a proving ground for those on the way to greater things. The last eight runnings have featured wins for Bobs Worth and Native River, both subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winners, and National winner Many Clouds.

That is by no means always the case, but this year there might just be a horse capable of emulating the achievements of those big names in the field. Let’s take a look at the latest Ladbrokes Trophy odds before we find out who it is.

Newbury, Saturday 3.00 – Ladbrokes Trophy odds

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change. Odds courtesy of bet365. Each-way terms 1/4 (1,2,3,4).

  • The Conditional – 6/1
  • Vinndication – 6/1
  • Aye Right – 7/1
  • Black Op – 7/1
  • Copperhead – 8/1
  • Kildisart – 8/1
  • Two For Gold – 10/1
  • Secret Investor – 12/1
  • Cloth Cap – 12/1
  • Mister Malarky – 16/1
  • Potterman – 16/1
  • Danny Whizzbang – 20/1
  • Beware The Bear – 20/1
  • La Bague Au Roi – 25/1
  • Regal Encore – 25/1
  • Ardlethen – 33/1
  • Ballyoptic – 50/1
  • The Hollow Ginge – 66/1

Ladbrokes Trophy betting tips 2020

Odds correct at time of publishing and subject to change

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Two with Gold Cup potential?

Each year one way of looking at the Ladbrokes Trophy is to think “is this edition going to be one of the ones won by a subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner? Or is it one of the ones where the ‘potential’ horses disappoint and a seasoned handicapper steps up to take the spoils?”

The 2020 running looks to have just two horses you could envisage having the potential to be competitive in the Festival showpiece this term, Vinndication and Copperhead. Of the pair, the latter would be tough to back at the current odds of 10/1. 

Copperhead was sent to the RSA Chase at Cheltenham after destroying Two For Gold, whom he reopposes here, by 17 lengths in a Grade 2 Novice Chase at Ascot last term, but wasn’t the same animal when falling at the Festival. He was pulled up on his return to action three weeks ago. 

Vinndication can prove golden shot

Trainer Kim Bailey has long thought the world of Vinndication, who became the first horse to defeat Champ midway through the six consecutive victories with which he kicked off his career.

The seven-year-old may have won just one of the five races he has contested since, but his last two runs hint that he could have the potential to win the Ladbrokes Trophy, even off 11st 11lb.

At the Cheltenham Festival he finished just two and three-quarter lengths behind The Conditional carrying 11st 12lb in the Ultima Handicap Chase and conceding 20lb to the winner.

That was a big performance against a rival with whom he currently shares Ladbrokes Trophy joint-favouritism. Vinndication only has to give him 15lb at Newbury. 

Bailey’s chaser returned to action in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, where money poured in all week for him to beat the much-higher rated Cyrname. Finishing second he gained lots in defeat

A slow pace in the middle sections of the race meant it never turned into the kind of stamina test that would have favoured Vinndication, yet he still flew home takingly to claim second, leaving the feeling he will relish the extra two furlongs he tackles for the first time at Newbury.

He hails from a yard enjoying their best season for some time, with in-form duo Bailey and jockey David Bass combining for two big-race winners at Ascot last Saturday. On his eighth chase start and his first run over 3m 2f, the time is right for Vinndication to join the big leagues.

Still 33/1 in bet365’s Cheltenham Gold Cup odds at the time of writing, that price could look pretty big if he crosses the line first in the Ladbrokes Trophy.

Bear in mind for each-way backers

There were 18 runners after the 48-hour declarations. This gives the race a nice each-way shape, with four places to shoot for and potentially more on the day if the bookies are feeling generous. Yet many of the potential each-way players are far from juicy prices.

Beware The Bear has plenty to like about him at 20/1 though, having finished two and a quarter lengths fourth in last year’s Ladbrokes Trophy off his current mark and fourth in the same race the year before as well. Both efforts came on his seasonal reappearance.

The 10-year-old kicks off his campaign at Newbury and his career form figures after a break of more than 66 days read 4-1-4-4-1-7-1-3-2 (most recent first), the last five of those runs in Class 1 company.

Ladbrokes Trophy winners of the last 10 years

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