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Tips to look out for in this year’s Hennessy Gold Cup

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Stay in the know for November’s Hennessy Gold Cup with these expert horse racing insights.

The Hennessy Gold Cup, now known as the Ladbrokes Trophy, is the highlight of the jumps season at Newbury and has given fans many exciting and surprising results over the years.

The Grade 3 National Hunt chase is open to horses aged four and above and is run over a distance of three miles and two furlongs. It’s also a popular race for betting so, if you’re thinking of placing some bets this 30th November and are unsure who to put your faith in, we’ve put together some suggestions for horses that are predicted to perform well as well as some surprising names.

For 2019’s race, here are some tips and horse racing predictions today of who to look out for when placing your bets.

Sizing Tennessee

Colin Tizzard’s Sizing Tennessee was the winner of the 2018 Ladbrokes Trophy, with the elegant 10-year-old powering 10 lengths clear of Elegant Escape and Dingo Dollar who came in at a career best third place. Sizing Tennessee could repeat the win this year and could make for a sound bet in this year’s race and defend his trophy. Elegant Escape ran well last year before his season faded out somewhat. He’d be a few pounds higher this year too, which should also be taken into account.

Top three in the market

The top three in the market at the moment are Santini, Top Of The Game and Lost in translation. Santini and Top Of The Game are likely to go close in this race, particularly Top of the game, but Lost in translation is a massive player who is going the right way to see great success in the Gold Cup. Nicky Henderson’s Santini was a class act in his chasing debut in last year’s Ladbrokes John Francome Chase at Newbury, suffering just one defeat over hurdles while sitting third behind Kilbricken Storm before sauntering home. All three are currently placed at great odds to win and are among the favourites to perform well in November, so they could be a good choice in terms of bets.

Cadmium and Borice

At 33-1 is the Willie Mullins-trained Cadmium, who could be a surprisingly popular pick. He was sensational in the Topham which could indicate a sign of Cadmium’s potential for the Gold Cup as well. Another potential that could be one to watch out for is Simon Munir and Isaac Souede’s Borice who has a different profile to the typical Galway Plate winner and looks set to have a big season ahead.


Another potential that could surprise is Kildisart, who currently has odds of 25/1. The seven year old is trained by Ben Pauling who has been reported as saying that the horse has been a superstar and that his running has been superb so far. He’s been progressing at a rapid speed and seems to be able to handle all kinds of ground too. The impressive Aintree winner has shot up the weights, but it’s been well-earned and could be a sign of great things to come in November’s race.