We have taken an early look into one of the feature races of the national hunt season, the Ladbrokes Trophy, and we have come up with a big selection.
The Paul Nicholls trained Topofthegame is the apple of his eye and after suffering a season ending injury he has not be seen since finishing second at Aintree in the Grade One Mildmay Novices' Chase.
He was set for the Gold Cup this season after landing the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in 2019 but those plans have been diverted for next season.
However, in the lead up to the 2021 feature contest we believe that the eight year old will go to the Ladbrokes Trophy and if he returns from his injury as good as or better than he was last season, he will be very tough to beat.
He is currently 9/1 to land the Grade Three event at Newbury and that will get smashed into eventually racing in the contest.
His trainer Paul Nicholls has spoke about him in the same sentence as Denman, who of course landed all of the Gold Cup, RSA and the Ladbrokes Trophy in his career and he is hoping Topofthegame can do the same
(Credit AtTheRaces) Nicholls said: “Denman obviously won an RSA on the way to winning a Gold Cup and some really good races, and I don’t see why Topofthegame isn’t the same sort of horse.
“He’s not quite so robust, he wouldn’t want so many runs – we’ll have to space his runs out – but when he’s right, he’s obviously very good and he’s got lots of stamina.
“We’re really looking forward to next season with him, getting him ready and hopefully going to Newbury in November.”